Exmoor's Wildlife

Exmoor is home to an amazing variety of Wildlife

With its spectacular moorland, rich oak woodland, clear streams and dramatic coastline, Exmoor has a great variety of habitats.These diverse habitats provide homes for a vast array of species, including majestic red deer, elusive otters and some of the UK’s rarest butterflies and bats. Exmoor is so important for wildlife that almost a third of the National Park is protected under UK and European law.

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Explore Habitats

Although relatively small, Exmoor has a wonderful richness of habitats, 




Rivers and Streams


Some Wildlife Highlights

Red Deer

Red deer have survived on Exmoor since pre-historic times. Exmoor was once a Royal Forest with strict Forest Law which protected the deer in order to maintain a supply of venison and a hunting ground for the king.
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Exmoor Ponies

Although not truly "wild". Our Exmoor ponies play an important role in keeping Exmoor's moorlands in good condition.
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Exmoor is one of the most important areas in the UK for butterflies and you can see them all on our beautiful id guide
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Explore Exmoor Wildlife Images

The latest on twitter from the Wildlife Team

Here are some upcoming events that might be particularly suitable for people who are interested in Exmoor's wildlife. Or you can browse all events here


Discover the Wildflowers of Exmoor

Simonsbath Sawmill
7th Jul 2015 10:00am-3:00pm
A day for beginners looking at how to identify common wildflowers to be found in...
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Lynmouth Boat Trip

Lynmouth Harbour
9th Jul 2015 11:00am-12:15pm

Exmoor Painting Holiday

Yarn Market Hotel
12th Jul 2015 3:00pm - 17th Jul 2015 11:00am

Combe Martin Seashore Safari

Combe Martin Museum
14th Jul 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Coast and Common from Barna Barrow - A Walk with Glorious Views

Barna Barrow car park. Grid Ref. 7528 4962
14th Jul 2015 2:00pm-4:30pm

Discover Exmoor’s Bees

Simonsbath Sawmill
15th Jul 2015 10:00am-3:30pm