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


Deer on Dunkery

Webbers Post
28th Oct 2016 10:30am-4:30pm
Join a member of The Exmoor Society for this 6-mile circular walk on Dunkery's s...
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Cloud Farm Camp Site, Cloud Farm, Malmsmead, Lynton
30th Oct 2016 7:00am

Ralegh's Cross Short Walk

Ralegh Cross Inn
8th Nov 2016 9:45am-1:15pm

Queen Tribute Band The Bohemians

Riverside caravan and camping park
11th Nov 2016 8:00pm - 13th Nov 2016 2:00pm

Remembrance Sunday

Woody Bay Station
13th Nov 2016

Mineral Line Walk: Ruins in the Woods.

Chargot Woods car park
8th Dec 2016 9:45am-12:45pm