UK: Selfie takers forced pony off cliff in Gower, farmer says

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“People taking selfies with ponies at a tourist hotspot caused a new-born foal to fall to its death from a cliff, a farmer has said. Visitors are now being warned not to touch the ponies in Rhossili, Swansea. The animals have grazed the cliffs for generations while being cared for by the family of farmer Nicky Beynon. But after three of his ponies died last year in collisions with cars, and their ongoing harassment by visitors, he is now questioning their future. The National Trust conservation charity has asked visitors to stick to the countryside code — the guidelines designed to help the public enjoy outside spaces. Mr Beynon, 60, who farms in Llangennith and Rhossili, said his gypsy cob ponies are overwhelmed by people trying to touch them and take selfies up close.” (09/13/23)