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


Spring Artists Workshop

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster
26th Feb 2017 - 3rd Mar 2017
An artists workshop based in Dunster, with tuition by Lynda Appleby. You will be...
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Gardens Break

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster
27th Feb 2017 - 3rd Mar 2017

Meet the gardener: a seasonal garden tour

Arlington Court
1st Mar 2017 2:00pm

Discover Exmoor's Lichens

Malmsmead car park
7th Mar 2017 10:30am-2:30pm

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Local Residents Sunday

Woody Bay Station
19th Mar 2017 10:00am-4:00pm

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Mothers Day

Woody Bay Station
26th Mar 2017 10:00am