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Nature reserve welcomes Highland pony foals
Shellesder and her mother, with Fhuarain laying down behind.
Two foals have joined the herd on the Isle of Rum.

Two rare Highland pony foals have joined the small herd living in the Rum National Nature Reserve (NNR).

The foals, named Fhuarain and Shellesder, were born earlier this year as part of the NNR’s long-term breeding programme.

Both of the foals have been given Gaelic names, which they share with glens on the island. Fhuarain means spring and Shellesder means iris.

Lesley Watt, NatureScot’s Rum NNR manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome two new Highland pony foals to the island this year as part of our long-term breeding programme which aims to preserve the ancient, rare bloodlines of Rum’s ponies.

“One of our Rum Highland ponies Soay produced a colt foal in the summer that we have named Fhuarain while another pony Minishal produced a filly foal in September that we have named Shellesder.”

The foals join a herd of around 20 ponies on the Hebridean island. The existence of the herd was first recorded in 1778.

The ponies are used to help manage the island’s deer population, transporting deer carcasses from isolated areas to be processed and sold as venison.

Lesley Watt, NatureScot’s Rum NNR manager, said: “Both of the foals are settling in well and will eventually join the rest of the herd helping with the deer management work on the reserve.

“Visitors and locals alike can look out for these much-loved residents as they roam freely about the island, most often to be spotted at Harris or Kilmory.”

Image © NatureScot

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.