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


Minehead Photo Exhibition

The Beach Hotel, Minehead
31st Jul 2015 11:00am - 12th Aug 2015 6:00pm
31 JULY - 12 AUGUST: MINEHEAD POP-UP PHOTO EXHIBITION - Minehead based photograp...
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Shoresearch Exmoor - Seashore Safari!

Minehead, meet end of the esplanade near the Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club
2nd Aug 2015 1:30pm-3:30pm

Discover Porlock

Porlock Visitors Centre
3rd Aug 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Seaside Safari

3rd Aug 2015 2:00pm-4:00pm

Combe Martin Seashore Safari

Combe Martin Museum
3rd Aug 2015 2:00pm-4:00pm

Ranger days

The activities will take place in different places, please follow signs on the day.
5th Aug 2015 11:00am-3:00pm