Exmoor's Wildlife

Exmoor is home to an amazing variety of Wildlife

With its spectacular moorland, rich oak woodland, clear streams and dramatic coastline, Exmoor has a great variety of habitats. These diverse habitats provide homes for a vast array of species, including majestic red deer, elusive otters and some of the UK’s rarest butterflies and bats. Exmoor is so important for wildlife that almost a third of the National Park is protected under UK and European law.

We would love to hear about any wildlife you have seen on Exmoor - please submit records via our form on the Wildwatch Page

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Wildlife Information

Natural Environment Record

Find information on Exmoor’s wildlife habitats, species and designations. Use our interactive mapping to search for wildlife reports and other information on the natural environment.  View a chronological list of wildlife reports.

Some Wildlife Highlights

Red Deer

Red deer have survived on Exmoor since pre-historic times. Exmoor was once a Royal Forest with strict Forest Law which protected the deer in order to maintain a supply of venison and a hunting ground for the king.

Exmoor Ponies

Although not truly "wild", our Exmoor ponies play an important role in keeping Exmoor's moorlands in good condition.


Exmoor is one of the most important areas in the UK for butterflies and you can see them all on our beautiful id guide.

The latest on twitter from the Wildlife Team

Here are some upcoming events that might be particularly suitable for people who are interested in Exmoor's wildlife. Or you can browse all events here

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Snowdrop Valley

Wheddon Cross Car Park (The Rest & Be Thankful Inn)
25th Jan 2020 - 23rd Feb 2020
Snowdrop Valley 2020. Walking weeks 25 January to 7 February 2020 inclusive. B...
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Folk Dance and Snowdrop weekend

Yarn Market Hotel, High Street, Dunster
31st Jan 2020 - 2nd Feb 2020

Exmoor Wildlife Tour

Meeting at Minehead Information Centre, Beach Hotel, The Avenue, Minehead, Somerset
8th Feb 2020 9:00am-2:00pm

Dunkery Beacon Moonrise and sunset walk

Dunkery Gate car park
9th Feb 2020 4:30pm-6:30pm

stargazing night hike and pub supper

The Crown pub, Exford
15th Feb 2020 5:30pm-7:30pm

Mineral Line Walk Ruins in the Woods

Chargot Woods Car Park
20th Feb 2020 9:45am-12:45pm

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