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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 Predominantly, these documents are unpublished reports, but also include valuable datasets and records within its catalogue.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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Snowdrop Valley Park and Ride

Wheddon Cross Car Park (The Rest & Be Thankful Inn)
27th Jan 2018 - 25th Feb 2018
The Snowdrop Valley Park and Ride Scheme is run by Cutcombe Parish Council in co...
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Lazy Sunday Lunch and walk around Exford

Exford Car Park
25th Feb 2018 1:00pm-4:30pm

Historic North Hill Guided Walk

Marshalling Yard Car Park, North Hill (car park on right after caravan and camping site immediately as trees end)
10th Mar 2018 10:30am-1:30pm

Mothers Day

Woody Bay Station
11th Mar 2018

Spring Wellbeing Retreat

Lower Holworthy Farm, Brompton Regis, Dulverton, Somerset
16th Mar 2018 9:15am-4:15pm

Exmoor Family Stargazing Weekend

Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning
16th Mar 2018 5:00pm - 18th Mar 2018 11:30am

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