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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Explore Exmoor Wildlife Images

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


Exmoor Walking Festival

various around Exmoor and North Devon
30th Apr 2016 12:00pm - 7th May 2016 12:00pm
A choice of guided walks led by knowledgeable local guides around North Devon AO...
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The Exmoor Pony Society's Annual Stallion Parade

Ralegh's Cross
4th May 2016 10:30am-12:00pm

Organised Walk around Dulverton

Dulverton Heritage Centre
5th May 2016 2:00pm

Ralegh's Cross Long Walk: part of the Exmoor Festival

Ralegh's Cross Inn
6th May 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Discover Porlock Marsh Walk

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

Doone Country Guided Walk

Malmsmead car park GR 792478
6th May 2016 10:30am-3:30pm