Looking after the Exmoor Coast
Over the centuries Exmoor has been ecologically compromised by farming and other interventions which have stripped out woodland, wetlands, orchards, ponds, and meadows. This has reduced the biodiversity of the region, restricted wildlife movement and made it less resilient to climate change.
The National Trust manages 55% of the Exmoor coast which straddles both North Devon and Somerset Properties. The Exmoor coast project is implementing a joined-up approach to land management, creating, and connecting a mosaic of habitats between sea and land, so nature and people can thrive. The project calls for a step change in nature recovery, guided by the “Lawton principles” and a landscape-scale approach to nature conservation where networks of habitats are bigger, better, and more joined up.
An Exmoor coast for everyone
Our vision is an Exmoor coast for everyone - a more dynamic landscape, dotted with more trees, scrub and water, where natural processes are healing the previously overworked and stripped back landscape and where both people and nature can freely roam and enjoy a truly wild Exmoor coast. We are committed to ensure everyone can enjoy this spectacular part of the world and work in partnership to bring our conservation work to everyone.
We are monitoring the impact of our conservation interventions with volunteers and recording positive impacts on soil health, water retention and an increase in biodiversity in the land we care for, though there is still more to do to reverse the decline in nature and restore Exmoor to be once again brimming with wildlife.