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

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Hunters Inn Heddon Valley
23rd Sep 2016 10:00am - 25th Sep 2016 5:00pm
Ultimate outdoor activity weekend - Exmoor is hosting a new outdoor festival – w...
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Autumn Gala

Woody Bay Station
24th Sep 2016 - 25th Sep 2016

Exmoor Beast cycle challenge

Tiverton - see website for details
25th Sep 2016

3 Day Beer, Folk And Family Music Festival

Riverside Caravan And Camping Park
30th Sep 2016 12:00am - 2nd Oct 2016 11:00pm

Exmoor Ramble

Dunkery Gate, OS Ref: SS895406
2nd Oct 2016 10:30am

Fungi and Foraging in the Heddon Valley

Heddon Valley National Trust Shop
2nd Oct 2016 10:30am-1:00pm