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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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


Seawatch Training Day

Lynmouth Pavilion
30th Jul 2016 10:00am-2:00pm
Join Seawatch staff to learn more about identifying dolphins and porpoises (ceta...
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Family Walk: A Treasure Hunt

Ralegh's Cross Inn
30th Jul 2016 2:00pm-4:00pm

XMAN XXX Wimbleball

Wimbleball Lake
31st Jul 2016 12:00am-11:00pm

The Seaview 17

Minehead Cricket Club
31st Jul 2016 10:00am

Lynmouth Seaside Safari

Lynmouth Pavilion, seafront
1st Aug 2016 2:00pm-4:00pm

Exmoor Pony Festival Guided Walk

2nd Aug 2016