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Natural Environment Record

Natural Environment Record

The Natural Environment Record (NER) is Exmoor’s repository for biological information, comprised of wildlife data collected from throughout the National Park. Predominantly, these documents are unpublished reports, but also include valuable datasets and records within its catalogue. This record highlights the inordinate amount of biodiversity data that has been collected by the Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA) and partner organisations, listing over 900 documents in total.  This easy searchable system provides an invaluable resource helping to provide a more comprehensive understanding of Exmoor’s Natural Environment.

The NER is very much a multi-agency contribution of information, which has been sourced from charities, government bodies, Local Environmental Record Centres (LERCs), national schemes & societies, research institutions, members of the public, and the National Park Authority itself.  A number of organisations help to oversee and advise on biodiversity conservation within the Park through the Nature Conservation Advisory Panel including Devon Biodiversity Records Centre (DBRC), Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC), Natural England (NE), Environment Agency (EA), South West Water (SWW), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Butterfly Conservation (BC), National Trust (NT) and Exmoor Natural History Society (ENHS).

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Natural Environment Record Mapping

Click on the interactive map to find information on Exmoor’s wildlife habitats, species and designations. Find out what wildlife reports have been written relating to geographical areas within the National Park.

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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Butterflies

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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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Santa Specials

Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, BARNSTAPLE
9th Dec 2017 10:30am - 24th Dec 2017 4:00pm
Our very popular Santa Specials operate over the weekends of December 9 &10 , 16...
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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Mince Pie Specials

Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, BARNSTAPLE
29th Dec 2017 10:30am - 1st Jan 2018 4:00pm

Discover Trees in Winter

Exmoor House, Dulverton
18th Jan 2018 10:00am-3:00pm

Brendons in Winter

Ralegh Cross Inn
20th Jan 2018 9:45am-12:45pm

Snowdrop Valley Park and Ride

Wheddon Cross Car Park (The Rest & Be Thankful Inn)
27th Jan 2018 - 25th Feb 2018

Folk Dance Workshop and Snowdrop Valley Weekend

Yarn Market Hotel Dunster
2nd Feb 2018 8:53pm - 5th Feb 2018 8:53pm

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