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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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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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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Santa Specials

Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, BARNSTAPLE
9th Dec 2017 10:30am - 24th Dec 2017 4:00pm
Our very popular Santa Specials operate over the weekends of December 9 &10 , 16...
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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Mince Pie Specials

Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, BARNSTAPLE
29th Dec 2017 10:30am - 1st Jan 2018 4:00pm

Discover Trees in Winter

Exmoor House, Dulverton
18th Jan 2018 10:00am-3:00pm

Brendons in Winter

Ralegh Cross Inn
20th Jan 2018 9:45am-12:45pm

Snowdrop Valley Park and Ride

Wheddon Cross Car Park (The Rest & Be Thankful Inn)
27th Jan 2018 - 25th Feb 2018

Folk Dance Workshop and Snowdrop Valley Weekend

Yarn Market Hotel Dunster
2nd Feb 2018 8:53pm - 5th Feb 2018 8:53pm

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