Exmoor's Wildlife

Exmoor National Park contains an extraordinary variety of wildlife and habitats. Grass and heather moorlands and peat-rch mires cover the hill tops and higher land with steeply incised wooded valleys carving through the moors.  The moorland areas are internationally rare and particularly valuable for their expanses of heather, their blanket bogs, and for the wildlife they support including Dartford warblers, whinchats, stonechats, and heath fritillary butterflies.  

The valley woodlands are mostly ancient semi-natural oakwoods, also of international significance supporting specialist woodland birds such as the pied flycatcher and redstart which are in sharp decline elsewhere.  Cool, shady and moist with clear streams they offer perfect conditions for an abundance of lichens, ferns and mosses.  

Wild red deer are found throughout Exmoor and there are plenty of opportunities to see them in the wild. Exmoor is also home to all species of native British bats. Exmoor’s enclosed farmland has been managed traditionally for generations with cattle and sheep.  Some of the rarest species on Exmoor such as waxcap fungi are found on the unimproved grassy slopes.  

Ancient trees, unique whitebeams, orchards and beautiful old parklands are also found in this incredibly diverse landscape with rich and unique biodiversity.

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Exmoor's Wildlife 2010