Behind the scenes on Exmoor

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at the National Trust? Discover what we do to look after the places you love, from houses, buildings and gardens to coast and countryside.

High Brown Fritillary Heddon Valley

Butterfly conservation in Heddon Valley

Heddon Valley is home to one of the UK's rarest butterflies, the High Brown Fritillary. This is one of only four sites in the country where they thrive in good numbers, thanks to careful habitat maintenance by our rangers. Learn more about our butterfly conservation work.

Woolacombe sand dunes cows

Cows in Woolacombe dunes

We've successfully introduced a trial of innovative invisible fencing technique, along with ten North Devon Red cattle, to help improve our plant and wildlife species in the sand dunes at Woolacombe beach.

Holnicote Ranger holding a sleeping dormouse

Healthy Hedgerows

Find out about the endangered dormouse, its habitat and discover who else shares its home.

The interior of an 1800s travelling chariot

Conservation at the Carriage Museum

Carriages are made of up many different and delicate materials, which all react differently to the atmosphere. Discover some of the challenges and conservation methods in caring for this special collection.

The leather hangings

The Leather Hangings

Of international significance and the only collection of their type in the United Kingdom, these painted leather hangings are arguably the rarest and most important pieces in Dunster’s collection.

Volunteer Ian winds the bucket to the top of the well at Coleridge Cottage

Draw water from the well

Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote these words in 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. However, for his wife, Sara, this was the reality...

 Rangers tools propped up against a wall all ready for some hard work

Our work in the Heddon Valley 

From woodland management to butterfly habitats, discover more about the role of the rangers in the Heddon Valley

A view over Baggy Point, Devon

75 years caring for Baggy Point

Baggy Point near Croyde in North Devon is a stunning headland which is owned, managed and protected by the National Trust. On 4 May 1939, the Trust was given Baggy Point by the Hyde family.

Woody Bay Coach Path Trees

West Exmoor woodland work

The West Exmoor rangers care for over 1200 acres of woodland. Find out how they look after this hugely significant area, and some of their woodland management plans for the future.

The reservoir

A Victorian reservoir at Dunster Castle 

Head below ground to see a piece of Victorian engineering up close.