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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The Red Deer of Exmoor

Dulverton Heritage Centre
14th Oct 2015 3:30pm
The Red Deer of Exmoor - Join Exmoor National Park Ranger Richard Eales, for an ...
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Autumn Photography walk in the footsteps of Hope Bourne

Withypool car park GR 8473835571
17th Oct 2015 10:00am-1:30pm

Discover Fungi

Tarr Steps Carpark (pay&Display)
17th Oct 2015 12:00pm-3:00pm

Annual World Bolving Championship Exmoor

Draydon Rails Dulverton
17th Oct 2015 6:00pm

Early Morning Deer Walk in Rut

Near Dulverton (exact location to be given nearer the time)
18th Oct 2015 7:15am

Deer on Dunkery

Webbers Post
22nd Oct 2015 10:30am-4:30pm