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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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Wildlife Information

Natural Environment Record

Find information on Exmoor’s wildlife habitats, species and designations. Use our interactive mapping to search for wildlife reports and other information on the natural environment.  View a chronological list of wildlife reports.

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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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

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Snowdrop Valley Park and Ride

Wheddon Cross Car Park (The Rest & Be Thankful Inn)
27th Jan 2018 - 25th Feb 2018
The Snowdrop Valley Park and Ride Scheme is run by Cutcombe Parish Council in co...
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Folk Dance Workshop and Snowdrop Valley Weekend

Yarn Market Hotel Dunster
2nd Feb 2018 8:53pm - 5th Feb 2018 8:53pm

Birdwatching Break

Yarn Market Hotel Dunster
5th Feb 2018 - 8th Feb 2018

Historic North Hill Guided Walk

Marshalling Yard Car Park, North Hill (car park on right after caravan and camping site immediately as trees end)
11th Feb 2018 10:30am-1:30pm

The Exmoor Pony Centre: Pancakes and Ponies

The Exmoor Pony Centre
13th Feb 2018 11:00am-2:00pm

Mineral Line Walk, Ruins in the Woods.

Chargot Woods Car Park
21st Feb 2018 9:45am-12:45pm

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