Natural beauty around Devon and Exmoor

Wild and windswept, the rugged hills and coastline of Exmoor and North Devon are home to plenty of wildlife and woodland that nestle among the natural landscape.

Sessile oak woodland

Woodland and unusual trees of North Devon

From ancient chestnuts to the No Parking Whitebeam, North Devon is home to plenty of special trees within its varied woodland habitats. Why not come for a woodland walk and see them up close?

A beaver swimming in a river

Beaver reintroduction at Holnicote

Find out about the beaver reintroduction on Exmoor.

A water vole

Water voles make a welcome return to Exmoor

The water vole is one of the fastest declining land mammal, disappearing from 94 per cent of its habitats. The plan for one of Britain’s most adorable, yet rare creatures is that it will be given a whole new start in a healthy environment, where they can breed and flourish.

Dunkery Beacon on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Our top five must see places at Holnicote

Whether you're looking for coastal views, wide open moorland or tranquil wooded walks, Holnicote has something beautiful to offer. Take a look at our top five places to explore and use it to create your own itinerary.

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.

A group of Red Deer hind in the Arlington parkland

Wild deer on the Arlington estate

Discover the red deer who thrive in Arlington's parkland and when's the best time to find them.

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.

A bat flying towards a branch

Lesser horseshoe bat facts

Arlington Court is home to a large colony of lesser horseshoe bats. Learn all about them here.

Red deer stags sparring during rutting season

Discover wildlife on the Holnicote Estate

See some of Exmoor's most well-known and iconic wildlife on the National Trust's Holnicote Estate.

High Brown Fritillary Heddon Valley

Butterfly conservation

Heddon Valley is home to one of the UK's rarest butterflies, the high brown fritillary. Throughout June and July look out for them on the valley side where they might be basking in the sun.

A beech tree at Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire

Ancient Woodland 

Ancient woodland plays a part in our heritage and creates habitat for our wildlife, however Britain has lost almost half of its ancient woodland since the 1930s. The National Trust is working to reverse this decline.

Fyne Court is home to many species of fungi

Encouraging wildlife to flourish at Fyne Court

Fyne Court was given to us in 1967 and since 2009 we've taken the management back in hand. But we're not restoring the garden – it’s staying wild.

Looking towards Baggy Point from Mortepoint

Walking spots in North Devon and on Exmoor 

From coast to moor, we've picked out four great spots for a walk in North Devon and on Exmoor.

Omega sign through leafy trees

Things to see and do at Watersmeet

From fishing to foraging, there's lots to see and do at Watersmeet, North Devon

Holnicote Ranger holding a sleeping dormouse

Healthy Hedgerows

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