Dartmoor Nature

Captivating natural beauty

Dartmoor contains the largest area of moorland in the south of England, the largest expanse of unglaciated upland in Britain, and the biggest granite surface in England.

In terms of its wildlife, Dartmoor is of international importance for its blanket bogs, wet heaths, upland oakwoods and cave system, and of at least national importance for its valley mires, Rhôs pasture and grass moor. Numerous rarities occur, particularly lichens and butterflies, and birds of the moors, heaths and farmland.

28 key species for conservation are identified here, including some which are globally threatened and some which are popular and still widespread, such as the dormouse, buzzard and wild daffodils.

Currently Featured

Burrator Reservoir

Burrator Reservoir, Yelverton, Devon

Becky Falls Woodland Park

Becky Falls Woodland Park, Manaton TQ13 9UG

Pennywell Farm

Pennywell Farm, Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0LT

Canonteign Falls

Canonteign Falls, Christow, Exeter EX6 7RH

Roadford Lake

Roadford Lake, Lewdown, Okehampton, EX20 4QS

South West Lakes Trust

South West Lakes Trust, Roadford Lake, Broadwoodwidger PL16 0RL

Tamar Trails

Tamar Trails Centre, Woodlands, Gulworthy, Tavistock PL19 8JE

Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest, Bullers Hill, Kennford, Devon, EX6 7XR

Lydford Gorge

Lydford Gorge National Trust, Lydford EX20 4BH

Paul Rendell

The Coach House, Station Rd, Okehampton, EX20 1EH

RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington EX38 8PH

The Garden House

The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum PL20 7LQ

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust, Parke Estate, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9JQ

Dartmoor Walks and Rides This Way

Dartmoor Walks and Rides This Way, 10 Roborough Lane TQ13 7BA

Dartmoor’s Daughter

Chagford, Dartmoor, TQ138DN

Bellever Forest

Bellever Forest, Yelverton, PL20 6TP

Wistman’s Wood

Wistman's Wood, Two Bridges, Princetown, Devon

Parke

Parke, National Trust, Home Farm office, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9JQ

Brentor Church

Brentor Church, North Brentor, Tavistock, PL19 0LB

Meldon Reservoir

Meldon Reservoir, Meldon, Okehampton EX20 4LU