Wildlife

Peacock Butterfly

From red deer to ponies Exmoor is home to a wild variety of wildlife.

Red deer

These elusive creatures can be seen all year throughout the valley. You're most likely to spot one early in the morning or late in the evening. If you want to improve your chances even more, come and visit during October and early November, when the deer are rutting. Then you will hear the bucks (males) calling up and down the valley to attract the ladies to their rutting stands. Their browsing habits affect tree survival and growth and so alter the woodland ecosystem which in turn affects thousands of other species.

Butterflies

Exmoor is a stronghold for some of Britain's most rarest fritillary butterflies, including the high brown fritillary. From April look out for peacocks, red admirals and small tortoiseshells on a walk through the valley, because of the variety of habitats from moorland, valleys and woodland you should see an array. 

Peacock Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly

Exmoor ponies

These ponies are a common site on Exmoor. The are wild in a sense, as they roam freely on the moor but they do belong to someone. Foals are born in the spring and early summer and spend the summer running with their mothers, known as dams, and building up a store of fat to take them through the hard winter ahead

Birds

The valley, with such a mix of habitats, is home to many birds including the skylark, stonechat and willow warbler. Their song fills the Exmoor woods with descending notes on a summer's day. 

Yellow Wagtail at Cloud Farm Campsite
Yellow Wagtail at Cloud Farm Campsite
Yellow Wagtail at Cloud Farm Campsite