Exmoor's Environment

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.

Latest Environment News 

  • Ash Dieback Disease
    Chalara dieback of ash on Exmoor
  • Woodlands and Climate
    How Exmoor's woodlands could be affected by climate change in future. How trees and woodlands can help combat climate change. Amount of stored carbon in Exmoor's woodlands.
  • Go batty at Tarr Steps!
    Join us in the beautiful Barle Valley at Tarr Steps on Tuesday 9th September to learn more about the secretive world of bats
  • Bats, Bogs and Stars
    Bats, bogs and stars will have top billing at the Bogtastic Festival Weekend (16 & 17 August), the South West’s biggest and best bog festival celebrating the special qualities of Exmoor’s bogs, rivers and wildlife.
  • 2014 Exmoor Archaeology Forum open for bookings
    Celebrate the rich archaeological landscape surviving on Exmoor at the 14th Annual Archaeology Forum.


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