Natural Environment Record

Natural Environment Record

The Natural Environment Record (NER) is Exmoor’s repository for biological information, comprised of wildlife data collected from throughout the National Park. Predominantly, these documents are unpublished reports, but also include valuable datasets and records within its catalogue. This record highlights the inordinate amount of biodiversity data that has been collected by the Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA) and partner organisations, listing over 900 documents in total.  This easy searchable system provides an invaluable resource helping to provide a more comprehensive understanding of Exmoor’s Natural Environment.

The NER is very much a multi-agency contribution of information, which has been sourced from charities, government bodies, Local Environmental Record Centres (LERCs), national schemes & societies, research institutions, members of the public, and the National Park Authority itself.  A number of organisations help to oversee and advise on biodiversity conservation within the Park through the Nature Conservation Advisory Panel including Devon Biodiversity Records Centre (DBRC), Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC), Natural England (NE), Environment Agency (EA), South West Water (SWW), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Butterfly Conservation (BC), National Trust (NT) and Exmoor Natural History Society (ENHS).


Natural Environment Record Mapping

Click on the interactive map to find information on Exmoor’s wildlife habitats, species and designations. Find out what wildlife reports have been written relating to geographical areas within the National Park.

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

Explore  Exmoor Wildlife Images  in this Flickr album


The Bats of Bossington

Bossington village car park
28th Sep 2023 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fifteen of the seventeen known species of bat can be found in the Porlock Vale. ...
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stargazing Dark Skies Supper club

Exford Bridge Tearooms
18th May 2023 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

stargazing Dark Skies Supper club

Exford Bridge Tearooms
25th May 2023 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dark Skies Discovery Hub Stargazing Evening

Exford Bridge Tearooms Chapel Street Exford
30th Mar 2023 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wonderful Woodlands - Tarr Steps

Please park in the pay and display car park at Tarr Steps - approach from the Winsford Hill side (the B3223 between Dulverton and Exford) from which Tarr Steps is well signposted. Please park in the car park, there is a short walk of about 500 metres (about a third of a mile) from here to Tarr Steps.
1st Oct 2023 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ralegh's Cross Long Walk

Ralegh's Cross Inn
3rd Oct 2023 9:45 am - 3:45 pm

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