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


3 Day Live Irish Music Weekend

Riverside Caravan And Camping Park
27th May 2016 7:30am - 30th May 2016 7:30pm
3 Day Live Irish Music Weekend Firewater band, Black Jack Davey, Black Velvet...
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Art Exhibition

Dulverton Heritage Centre
29th May 2016 10:00am - 4th Jun 2016 4:00pm

Lynmouth Boat Trip

Lynmouth Harbour
31st May 2016 1:15pm-2:30pm

Poetry Boxes at Dunster

1st Jun 2016 - 31st Aug 2016

Big Woodland Adventure

Nutcombe Bottom
1st Jun 2016 10:00am-4:00pm