What we do
Lath and plaster
The moorland is grazed by sheep, cattle and Exmoor ponies. Their constant nibbling is the natural version of a lawn mower. It's a vital part of maintaining the open, wild landscape of the moor.
Without it, the land would revert back to scrub and woodland.
Horner Wood is traditionally grazed by sheep and red deer. By eating the young shrubs, they keep the woodland light and airy, ensuring that rare lichens on the ancient tree trunks don't get shaded out.
We burn different patches of heather and gorse each year, so there's always a mix of habitats for a wide range of wildlife. This process is called swaling.
Some insects will only thrive in short grass, while most upland birds need older heather for nesting.
Sometimes we do nothing
In the woodlands, we leave dead wood where it falls, to provide homes and food for insects. The insects are then a tasty meal for birds, bats and other mammals.
Dead wood encourages the growth of fungi. More than 440 kinds grow on the estate.
In the past, attempts have been made to prevent the sea from breaching the shingle ridge around Porlock Bay.
When the beach was breached by a ferocious storm in 1996, it led to the creation of a precious saltmarsh. The site has become a nationally important example of how we can work with nature.