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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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


Mineral Line Walk Ruins in the Woods

Chargot Woods Car Park
19th Jun 2019 9:45am-12:45pm
A one hour stroll to look at Langham Engine House, then a two hour walk down the...
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Open Moorland Basic Navigation Training (beginners and refresher)

Lynmouth National Park Centre
19th Jun 2019 10:00am-2:30pm

Carriage Museum Trail

Arlington Court Carriage Museum
1st Feb 2019 11:00am-4:00pm

Winsford Hill and Tarr Steps

Car park by cattle grid at south-eastern end of Winsford Hill
19th Jun 2019 11:00am

Combe Martin Seashore Safari

Combe Martin Museum
19th Jun 2019 1:30pm-3:30pm

Back to Basics: compass crash course

The Pavilion, National Park Centre, The Esplanade, Lynmouth, North Devon
19th Jun 2019 3:00pm-4:00pm

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