Exmoor Wildwatch

Exmoor wildwatch animal footprint and binoculars

Exmoor Wildwatch is a project to get as many people as possible involved in learning about, exploring, protecting and recording the wonderful wildlife of Exmoor. The more information we have about the plants and animals that live here, the better we can work together to look after them.

Every year we highlight some species that we are particularly keen on getting more information on, In 2020 these included a range of non-native invasive species, as well as a range of native Exmoor species including brown hare and waxcap fungi. You can find out more on our 2020 Wildwatch Leaflet.

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To find out more about non native invasive species on Exmoor and what we are doing to control them  -  visit our Exmoor Non Native Invasive Species (ENNIS) Project.

Wildwatch Events

Every year we run a programme of events to help people discover more about Exmoor's wildlife and how to help us look after it. At present our events programme is suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. When we can restart our programme, details will appear here.

Wildlife Volunteering

Find out about upcoming training events at Latest Events and Volunteer Training

Please note that at present we are only supporting a limited Volunteer Programme due to COVID-19 - but we hope we will be able to expand this as it is safe to do so and government guidelines allow.

Wildlife Recording

There are several ways that you can get involved with wildlife recording . We recommend that you use a system called iNaturalist, which is a worldwide community of over 1 million observers who have contributed almost 4 million records. It is used by everyone from beginners to experts and allows you to  upload photos of what you see, and where and even suggests what it might be. A community of people will help to identify it and you will be able to see all your observations online.

We understand that not everyone can visit Exmoor, particularly at the moment when the government are recommending people stay at home as much as possible.  But we would still love to hear about the wildlife that you see wherever it is, in your garden, local park or favourite walk.

The best way of using the system is to download the INaturalist app on your smartphone.

Once you have signed up to iNaturalist - you can join in our Exmoor Wildwatch Project on iNaturalist here.

If you would prefer not to use iNaturalist then you can still submit a record for any species you see via our online submission form.

Find out more about iNaturalist

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Below are the latest observations from Exmoor National Park submitted to iNaturalist by a range of recorders -  help us by joining in.