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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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High Brown Fritillary Trail

Heddon Valley, Near Parracombe, Barnstaple, Devon
4th Jun 2018 10:30am-3:30pm
Heddon Valley is home to some of the rarest butterflies in the country, includin...
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Greencombe Garden opening

Greencombe Gardens
1st Apr 2018 2:00pm-6:00pm

Summer Solstice Wellbeing Retreat

Lower Holworthy Farm
21st Jun 2018 9:15am-4:30pm

High Brown Fritillary Trail

Heddon Valley, Near Parracombe, Barnstaple, Devon
4th Jun 2018 10:30am-3:30pm

Greencombe Garden opening

Greencombe Gardens
1st Apr 2018 2:00pm-6:00pm

Natural History Walk

ENHS Porlock Weir Centre - adjoining car park
17th May 2018 2:00pm-4:00pm

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