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Exmoor Wildlife Forum 2016

The second Exmoor Wildlife Forum took place last month in Porlock Village Hall on the 22nd November. Eighty people braved the floods to attend the event and celebrate some of the excellent wildlife projects taking place across Exmoor National Park. There was a vibrant buzz to the day, with displays on some of Exmoor’s charismatic species, such as otters and dormice and presentations on a variety of topics including the state of Exmoor’s wildlife and the work of the Exmoor Knotweed Control Project.

The Forum had a particular focus on the vital role of volunteers in conserving wildlife on Exmoor. A number of volunteers spoke about their work, for instance on the River Barle Invasive Crayfish Project and through the Sea Watch Foundation.

Bea Davis, Wildlife Conservation Officer for Exmoor National Park Authority, said “We would like to thank all those who so generously give their time to help with such an array of wildlife projects. The importance of the work undertaken by volunteers for wildlife across Exmoor National Park cannot be underestimated. We are immensely grateful for this fantastic support”.

The Exmoor Wildlife Forum was hosted by Exmoor National Park Authority.  Below are presentations from the day.

Exmoor Knotweed Control project (Heather Harley)

Moorland Mapping (Anne Walker)

Natural Environment Record (April Windle)

Natural Flood Management (Nigel Hester)

River Barle Crayfish Project (Ueli Zellweger)

Sea Watch Foundation (Vanessa Lloyd)

State of Exmoor's Wildlife (Ali Hawkins)

Woodlinks for Exmoor (James Mason)