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 Predominantly, these documents are unpublished reports, but also include valuable datasets and records within its catalogue.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.
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Exmoor Ponies

Although not truly "wild". Our Exmoor ponies play an important role in keeping Exmoor's moorlands in good condition.
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Exmoor is one of the most important areas in the UK for butterflies and you can see them all on our beautiful id guide
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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


Guided Walk: Molland Church and Moor

St Mary’s Church, Molland
14th May 2021 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Hugh Harrison, an internationally known expert in the conservation of historic s...
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Walk for Wellbeing

Lynton Town Hall
15th May 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

walking safari

central exmoor
7th Apr 2021 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Mineral LIne Long Walk

Ralegh's Cross Inn
22nd May 2021 9:45 am - 3:45 pm

Mineral Line Long Walk

Ralegh's Cross Inn
22nd May 2021 9:45 am - 3:45 pm

Guided Walk: Porlock's Coastal Wildlife - May

National Trust car park in Bossington village
26th May 2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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