Welcome to the MMT Traprain Pony website!
Below: : Liz's new pal "Prince Ben-Skye of Traprain" from
The Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home www.edch.org.uk
Tele: 0131 669 5331
Ben-Skye says he loves to see his doggie pals but to please always respect his pony buddies by not running around them. A nice quiet walk to the summit to see them is the Perfect Doggie Way!
Above: Beautiful snow capped Traprain Law viewed from the north west corner.
Above: Pony Whistler enjoying some delicious gorse!
HELP NEEDED! (JULY/AUGUST 2016)
At present Liz is spending many hours clearing ragwort from Traprain. The hardest part of the work is actually shifting the ragwort bags to the road access point for removal of the bags. If you live within the East Lothian area and feel you are able to help Liz shift these bags any evening in the school holidays please contact her on 07454 655 955 - thank you!
Opposite can be seen some of the ragwort still needing to be cleared from Traprain (ponies are in the background). A special tool is required to clear this plant - it should never be attempted by hand. By clearing this plant it is not only ensuring safe grazing for the ponies but also encouraging smaller, more delicate flowers to have space to grow. For more information about ragwort see "Traprain's Natural Heritage" page or click on this link.
Just click on this link to go to our "Competition Time" page on this website to find out about the NEW
Moorland Mousie Pony & Conservation Competition 2016 that is now launched!
Its free to enter and designed for children up to and including the age of 16yrs.
MMT TRAPRAIN STALL
Yes, the MMT Traprain ponies have their very own Traprain stall! Unfortunately it isn't possible to "man" the stall for long at weekends as Liz needs to be working on Traprain itself - but when weather permits Liz tries to open the stall for at least 2 hours on a Saturday or Sunday. If you would like to visit the stall but need to know if it is available you can text Liz on 07454 655 955. Where possible it is also announced on this website.
The MMT Traprain stall is a great way to support the ponies at Traprain and all their wonderful pony buddies throughout MMT. Information leaflets are available - the latest issue of "East Lothian Life" Magazine (which gives 50p to MMT for every copy sold by Liz), the MMT 2016 Calendar, The MMT Colouring & Puzzle Book - and much more! Information leaflets also available on the work of our wonderful Countryside Rangers work!
Could you spare 3 hours some weekends to help Liz run the MMT Traprain stall? Help is needed Sundays 10.00am to 1.00p.m. and Saturday mornings or Saturday afternoons. Its a great way to help support the ongoing work of MMT and the 13 Pony Kings of Traprain will appreciate any help you can give their MMT Home! If you feel you could help please contact Liz on 07454 655 955 or e.mail email@example.com - thank you.
(The MMT Traprain stall is subject to reasonable weather conditions....!)
Have you ever thought about fostering a wonderful MMT Exmoor pony? Barry and Gail are MMT volunteers at the MMT Exmoor Pony Centre with good experience in the "Art of Pony Fostering". When Liz visited Gail & Barry at their home near to the Exmoor Pony Centre she was privileged to meet Freddy and Pascoe who are a real credit to Gail & Barry's dedication to pony fostering . Freddy and Pascoe have recently moved on to "Pastures New" now with MMT and if you would like to find out more about their new adventure just click on the link below which will take you to the MMT Blog.
Above: young Freddy in 2014 Catherine (friend of Gail) with Pascoe in 2014 Freddy (left) & Pascoe (right) enjoying lunch together
The MMT Traprain ponies are proud to be able to say they are on the front cover of the 2016 MMT Calendar!
(Photo taken on the west side of Traprain Law)
Randy & Robin deKleine-Stimpson with Liz at Traprain 2015 Click on Latest News to see the full photo
Front cover of The Exmoor Pony Centre 2016 Calendar by courtesy of Randy deKleine-Stimpson
Just click on the link below to go to the Charity website where you can obtain the MMT 2016 Calendar and see many other items in the MMT Charity Shop!
Are you wondering what this wonderful horse called Rose has to do with the 13 Pony Kings of Traprain? Rose was the dear friend of Traprain Pony Checker Volunteers Judith & Steve and Judith has written a beautiful poem dedicated to Rose. To read the poem just click on the link below which will take you to the Panetta Healing Writers' Corner website.
A Message from MMT Traprain Pony Whistler (alias Pegasus Midnight)
I wanted to share some photos with you as a Celebration of the wonderful work MMT do on behalf of my fellow Exmoor pony pals. MMT rescued me when I was just 6 months old; through the love, patience and devotion of my human friends at the MMT Centre I was given a new beginning and, as you can see from the photos, today I am very proud to say I am one of the 13 Pony Kings of Traprain - as well as "step-dad" to youngest Pony Bob. No pony could have greater friends than I have within my herd - and each one of us have our own "MMT story....."
We are very proud to be recognised as MMT Traprain Conservation ponies - playing an important role in helping Mother Nature create the natural beauty seen at Traprain - but without MMT giving us a bright new beginning our outlooks would have been far different.....
Above: Whistler foal Whistler in 2015 (after a mud bath) Whistler teaching Bob how to groom Whistler whispering to Bob
Above: Whistler & Jessie playing after a mud bath 12 of the Pony Kings of Traprain (2015) The 13 Pony Kings taking a well deserved snooze
On behalf of MMT Liz would like to thank Pauline Jaffray, Editor of
East Lothian Life Magazine
for featuring the MMT Traprain ponies in the Winter 2014 and Spring 2015 editions of the Magazine.
East Lothian Life Magazine, has generously offered to donate 50p for every Magazine that is purchased direct from Liz - a great way for us all to support our ponies! You can purchase the Magazine direct from Liz by phoning her on 07454 655 955 or see this website for announcements of Traprain Car Park MMT stalls
MMT Traprain Pony Bob giving you a Big Smile!
The 13 Pony Kings share Traprain with some wonderful wildlife :-
Recently Liz was standing with a pony called Dandelion on the summit while the rest of the herd were about 20ft away. A Kestrel came into view flying very close to the long grasses near the summit area and it weaved itself in and out through the herd of ponies. The ponies didn't even seem to notice it.... Nature that evening was truly "in harmony" together.....
QUOTES FROM EAST LOTHIAN COUNTRYSIDE SERVICE ANNUAL REPORT : 2014-2015
Excerpt from the Biodiversity Chapter
"The biodiversity process begain over 20 years ago following increased international concern about the loss of wild species and habitats. Although improvements have been made, wild species and habitats are still in decline due to human activity. It is widely recognised that humans cannot live without biodiversity and that we need to reduce our impact on the natural world. (Countryside Report 2014-15).
Nature's plants on Traprain summit south side
"Traprain has extensive areas of mineral rich unimproved grassland - a rare and declining habitat within East Lothian". (Countryside Report 2014-15).
Photos above: (1) Bob & Firtree are having a chat - they have just heard the news that the 2016 MMT Calendar features them on the front cover! (2) They went and told some of their mates Whistler, Tunny & Viper and are so excited now! (3) Whistler says: "Haven't I got a lovely nose! I wonder if you know who I am resting my chin on?" Bet you have guessed .... (4) yes, its Bob! Whistler says: "well, its hard work grazing! I need to rest my chin on someone and Bob is a perfect Chin Rest!" The other ponies were already snoozing nearby....
Thyme growing on upper west slope (2015).
Dandelion and Bob grazing near the flowers on the west side (2015)
Opposite are Dandelion & Unicorn - the "Stars of the Season" at Traprain Law.
To find out why just click on this link:
or visit the Latest News page on this website by clicking this link
Our very special website is dedicated to the ongoing inspiring work at Traprain Law, Scotland UK by the
The Moorland Mousie Trust
working in harmony with
East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service and its dedicated volunteers
Liz Mercer, who is a volunteer for MMT and East Lothian Council's Conservation Service, has created this website as a celebration of their work and dedication in ensuring that our generation - and generations to come - are able to witness first hand the joy of a well maintained and thriving natural landscape while at the same time helping to ensure the stability of the rare-breed Exmoor pony.
Liz meets many visitors at Traprain Law from both East Lothian and as far away as Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Just like Liz, the visitors she meets at Traprain Law find that just through the experience of walking to the Traprain summit and witnessing the Exmoor ponies in their natural habitat gives them a true sense of wellbeing and calmness that is so frequently lost in today's fast pace of life...... .
The "13 Pony Kings of Traprain" live as a very close-knit and well harmonised community .....and studying the way they work in harmony with Nature can help Man to also understand deeper the Language of Nature and how that Language can be utilised to create a more balanced and harmonised community for Man......
Youngest Exmoor Traprain pony Bob has this message to share with you :-
A Pony's Prayer of Gratitude
(You can see a video of the full version of this Prayer by clicking this link and scrolling to the end of that page)
Photo above: Youngest Exmoor Traprain Pony Bob (c.2014 Elizabeth Mercer for MMT)
Oh Mother Earth of Traprain our herd it thanks you
As we sense the Pony Energy of our ancestors within you.
Each day we wake to give Gratitude and Joy
As our herd it plays in the early morn
Our silhouettes dancing to Traprain's form.
Bob and his Exmoor Traprain herd thank the
Moorland Mousie Trust & East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service,
volunteers and people throughout the world working to create a Planet where Man and Nature can truly be in harmony together......
Above: The "13 Pony Kings of Traprain" on the Summit (c.2013 Elizabeth Mercer for MMT)
To see The Moorland Mousie Trust - home of the Traprain Exmoor ponies - in action - just click on one of these links below to visit their website :-
MMT Traprain Blog page link : http://exmoor-pony.blogspot.co.uk/
Tele: (UK) 01398 323093
The Whistler Music Foundation : inspired by Pony Whistler (Midnight) of Traprain
If you live in East Lothian, Scotland, UK and have a child keen to learn to play a musical instrument but disadvantaged by income for "one to one" tuition The Whistler Music Foundation could be just right for you!
For information on The Whistler Music Foundation you can contact Liz direct by using the Contacts page on this website by clicking this link
UPDATE MARCH 2016 : The Whistler Music Foundation has one place available for a student wishing to learn classical guitar (guitar can be provided). For full details visit the www.greenstringsmusic.com website "Whistler Music Foundation" page.
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