The moorland, woodland, streams and farmland of Exmoor support a great diversity of wildlife including herds of wild red deer, rich lichen communities, rare butterflies, bats, and other species uncommon in southern Britain.Salmon still return from years at sea to travel up rivers such as the Exe and Barle to the same spawning grounds they hatched from.
The landscape of Exmoor tells the story of how people have lived in, exploited and enjoyed Exmoor over the last 8000 years. Burial mounds on high ridges, unique and ancient patterns of standing stones, cliff top Roman forts, astonishingly preserved medieval villages and incredible Victorian industrial engineering are all here to be explored.
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Resurgence of high brown fritillary butterfly
One of the UK’s most threatened butterflies – the high brown fritillary is enjoying a resurgence on Exmoor thanks in part to grant aid from the Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund.
Lynmouth Pavilion Project, celebrating Exmoor's woodlands
Having completed their first busy and exciting year showcasing Exmoor’s magnificent coast, Jess, Louise and the Lynmouth Pavilion Project volunteers are now well underway with year two - revealing Exmoor’s wonderful woodlands
Hawkcombe Wood is a 100 hectare woodland south of Porlock and owned by Exmoor National Park Authority.
Wildlife in Exmoor's woodlands