The sheer diversity of the Exmoor area’s wildlife means that it is a great place to spot all kinds of
unusual animals and birds. There are 31 native mammals, 1,751 species of insects and 1000 recorded flowers
and grasses. Virtually all 16 species of bat found in the UK are found in the area, whilst birdwatchers will
be kept busy with more than two hundred species of resident and migrating birds.
One of Exmoor’s most famous sights is the Exmoor Pony, a rare breed, whose ancestry goes back thousands
of years and is closely descended from the original wild horses of Europe. Exmoor Ponies are thought to have
grazed around Exmoor for more than one hundred thousand years and have remained pure-blooded since the Ice Age!
The Exmoor Pony Society and the Moorland Mousie Trust both work to ensure the future of the breed, with an
Exmoor Pony Centre at Ashwick, where you can book a ride or enjoy a close encounter with these lovely creatures.
However, one of the most impressive Exmoor wildlife treats is to see wild red deer on the open moorland.
The best time to see them is early in the morning or late in the evening and you will need binoculars as
they are well camouflaged and can be hard to spot.
Exmoor National Park Authority organises a limited number of deer safaris (call the National Park Centre
in Dulverton for details and booking 01398 323841).