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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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High Brown Fritillary Walk

Heddon Valley National Trust shop, Heddon Valley, near Parracombe
10th Jun 2017 10:30am - 30th Jun 2017 3:30pm
Heddon Valley is home to some of the rarest butterflies in the country, includin...
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Bulworthy Project Barbecue Café Evening

Bulworthy Project
27th May 2017 6:00pm-11:00pm

Art at Arlington

Arlington Court
26th Jun 2017 11:00am-3:00pm

Discover Exmoor’s Bees

Simonsbath Sawmill, Simonsbath
27th Jun 2017 9:30am-3:00pm

Art at Arlington

Arlington Court
26th Jun 2017 11:00am-3:00pm

Butterfly and Nature Stroll

Heddon Valley National Trust shop, Heddon Valley, near Parracombe
27th Jun 2017 12:00pm-2:00pm