Wildlife in Devon

Moorland Flora and Fauna in Devon

The vast open spaces of Dartmoor and Exmoor have led to Devon being abundant in types of flora and fauna that are rarely found in abundance in other parts of Britain

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A bird found on open moorland, with a very distinctive call - like two stones being clinked together

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A melodious songbird, whose rich song can be heard in woodland undergrowth in spring

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Another particularly melodious song bird, often heard in oak woods

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The Sparrowhawk operates at low level, cruising the hedge-tops, and pouncing on small birds like finches, tits and sparrows

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The acid soils of Dartmoor give rise to plenty of spiky yellow gorse, particularly during the summer months

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Stinking Iris

The stinking Iris is so called because that is just what it does, stinks when its leaves or roots are crushed. It is perhaps just as well that it warns you, since it is beautiful, but deadly - it is poisonous.


The streams of Devon are one of the last strongholds of the Otter

Red Deer

Found on Exmoor. In autumn, during the rut, you hear the bellowings echoing across the moors

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