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We have a great range of events you can book on to find out more about Exmoor's wildlife. From introductory "discover" events to specific survey training we welcome everyone to Get involved.

Click on an event  below to go through to the relevant online booking page and further details.

Discover Exmoor's Lichens 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM GMT
Exmoor is nationally renowned for its beautiful and diverse lichens with names such as tree lungwort and string-of-sausages. Come and discover how to identify some of the lichens common in Exmoor’s woodlands.
Malmsmead car park (SS792478)
Discover Exmoor National Park
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM BST
Come and find out what makes Exmoor such a special place and why it is a National Park. This 2 hour session will start with a quick presentation looking at some of Exmoor's wildlife, history and landscapes, followed by a shortish walk to have a look.
Dunster National Park Centre
Discover Exmoor National Park
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM BST
Come and find out what makes Exmoor such a special place and why it is a National Park. This 2 hour session will start with a quick presentation looking at some of Exmoor's wildlife, history and landscapes, followed by a shortish walk to have a look.
Lynmouth National Park Centre
Discover Exmoor's Woodland Ferns
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM BST
Exmoor’s Atlantic woodlands are home to around 19 species of fern - join us on a walk at Tarr Steps to discover more about them. Learn about the parts of a fern, understand how to identify them using an Atlantic woodland fern ID guide and become confident in identifying some of them. Aimed at beginners.
Tarr Steps pay and display carpark. SS872323
Discover Exmoor's Invasive Species
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM BST
Come and learn about the invasive species that are we are working to control on Exmoor and why. We’ll look for Signal Crayfish, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam. We’ll also learn about some of our native wildlife and what you can do to help.
Tarr Steps pay and display carpark. SS872323
Plants of the Moors and Mires for Beginners - Part One: Flowering Plants
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM BST
Join the Exmoor Mires Partnership for a session focusing on the basics of botanical identification of mire plants. Learn how to split plants into broad groups & identify some of the more showy species likely to be encountered on Exmoor. Aimed at building confidence in those with little or no previous experience of botanical identification.
Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning
Plants of the Moors and Mires for Beginners – Part Two: Grasses, Rushes and Sedges
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM BST
Join the Exmoor Mires Partnership for a session building on the botanical ID skills learnt in Part One (28/05/2019). This time we will focus on getting to grips with the basics of what are often considered some of the more ‘difficult’ plants: grasses, rushes, and sedges.
Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning
Discover Exmoor's Heath Fritillary Butterflies
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM BST
Join Megan Lowe (Butterfly Conservation) and Paul Camp (National Trust - Holnicote Estate) on a walk around the National Trust's Halse Combe to view the Heath Fritillary butterfly.This is a great opportunity to learn about its life cycle and habitat requirements and the work that is happening on Exmoor to restore its fortunes.
Horner car park (SS898455)
Discover Exmoor's Glow Worms
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 10:00 PM to 11:55 PM BST
Join an Exmoor National Park expert for a night walk around Wimbleball Lake in search of Glow Worms and other nocturnal wildlife. There will be opportunities to carry out further Glow Worm surveys around the National Park after this event
Bessom Cross car park (SS974318)
Discover Exmoor's Hawkcombe Woods National Nature Reserve
Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM BST
Join the Exmoor National Park Authority’s Woodlands Team to discover how they manage one of Exmoor’s most special woodlands. You'll also get the opportunity to learn how to identify some of the most common trees species you encounter along the way.
Hawkcombe Woods car park (SS861460)
Discover Exmoor's Bees
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM BST
Join the Bumblebee Conservation Trust at the National Trust's Kipscombe Farm and learn how to identify some of the common bumblebee species found on Exmoor. The day comprises an indoor workshop in the morning followed by fieldwork in the afternoon.
Kipscombe Farm, Countisbury
Sea Watch Training Day
Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM BST
Join Seawatch Foundation for National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week to learn more about identifying dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) and other marine mammals which visit Exmoor’s coast. The training aims to equip volunteers with skills to conduct their own surveys to help Seawatch contribute to knowledge on Exmoor’s marine environment.
Lynmouth Pavilion (SS722496)
Discover Exmoor's Dragonflies
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM BST
Join a local expert from the British Dragonfly Society to learn the principles of dragonfly identification and field survey techniques. The day will consist of an indoor session in the morning, followed by outdoor fieldwork in the afternoon.
Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning (SS723411)
Discover Exmoor's Fungi
Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 1:00 AM to 4:00 PM BST
Join an Exmoor National Park fungi expert for a 1.5 mile gentle walk around Tarr Steps woods. We will look at fungi life cycles, growing patterns and which ones we can eat.
Tarr Steps (SS872323)
Fungi of Exmoor's Grasslands
Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM GMT
Come and learn more about the fungi of Exmoor's grasslands such as Waxcaps, and Puff Balls. There will be a beginner’s session and walk around the grounds of the Field Studies Council's Nettlecombe Court in the morning, followed by classroom ID session in the afternoon. Bring a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothing.
FSC Nettlecombe Court (ST056377)