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


Family Butterfly Trail

Heddon Valley National Trust shop, Heddon Valley, near Parracombe
5th Aug 2017 10:30am - 20th Aug 2017 3:30pm
Heddon Valley is home to hundreds of beautiful butterflies, attracting some of t...
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The Wimbleball Family Campout (Event now Fully Booked)

Wimbleball Lake
18th Aug 2017 4:00pm - 20th Aug 2017 11:00am

Brendon Open Gardens w/e

EX35 6PU
20th Aug 2017 12:00pm-5:00pm

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Valley of the Rocks
8th Aug 2017 7:30pm-9:30pm

Family ranger day

Arlington Court
24th Jul 2017 11:00am-3:00pm

Seaside Safari

21st Aug 2017 2:00pm-4:00pm