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


Overnight Charcoal Experience

Bulworthy Project, Rackenford
5th Sep 2015 - 6th Sep 2015
Spend a day and night in a beautiful woodland setting, experiencing the life of ...
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Ralegh's Cross Long Walk

Ralegh's Cross Inn
6th Sep 2015 9:45am-3:00pm

Discover Porlock

Porlock Visitors Centre
7th Sep 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Ride the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway and walk to Woody Bay

Car Park, Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross GR SS 684464
8th Sep 2015 10:00am-4:45pm

Discover Porlock

Porlock Visitors Centre
11th Sep 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Discover Exmoor's Bats at Simonsbath

Simonsbath Sawmill,
11th Sep 2015 7:30pm-9:30pm