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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, 

Coast,

Farmland

Woodland

Rivers and Streams

Moorland

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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Butterflies

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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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

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Eat Dirt on Exmoor! 2017 Mountain Bike Event

Exmoor House
30th Apr 2017 10:00am-3:00pm
A group of Exmoor Mountain Bike enthusiasts and Calvert Trust Exmoor have joined...
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Wildflower trail

Heddon Valley National Trust shop, Heddon Valley, near Parracombe
29th Apr 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

Heddon history trail

Heddon Valley Shop, National Trust, Heddon Valley, near Parracombe
18th Apr 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

Wildflower trail

Heddon Valley National Trust shop, Heddon Valley, near Parracombe
29th Apr 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

Wildflower trail

Heddon Valley National Trust shop, Heddon Valley, near Parracombe
29th Apr 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

Annual Stallion Parade

Ralegh's Cross
3rd May 2017 10:30am-12:30pm