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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Seashore Safari

Combe Martin Museum
1st Sep 2016 11:30am-1:30pm
Seashore rock pool ramble, sometimes followed by microscope workshop. Wear appro...
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Discover Porlock Marsh Walk

Porlock Visitor Centre
1st Apr 2016 10:30am-1:00pm

Ralegh's Cross Long Walk

Ralegh'sCross Inn
4th Sep 2016 9:45am-2:45pm

In Coleridge's footsteps to Culbone - Guided Walk

Porlock Weir car park, Porlock (parking fee),
8th Sep 2016 10:30am-4:30pm

3 Day Country And Western Weekend

Riverside Caravan And Camping Park
9th Sep 2016 8:00pm - 11th Sep 2016 11:00pm

Lady Harriet Acland's Walk

Haddon Hill car park, off B3190 GR SS970288
13th Sep 2016 10:30am-2:00pm