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.

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