There are over 9,000 ha of woodlands to be explored on Exmoor (of which Exmoor National Park owns or leases 569 hectares, with the National Trust, the Crown Estate and the Forestry Commission managing much of the rest). The woodlands are scattered across the park, often in deep valleys or along the steep coastal cliffs; many are accessible on public rights of way and include some of the long distance walking routes, such as the Coleridge Way.
Exmoor National Park has a long-term, landscape-scale approach to conservation and access. Each of our woodlands is subject to a management plan, setting out how we can improve the diversity, extent and condition of our most important and valued habitats. This article focuses on our latest work, and introduces the partnerships and initiatives that support these special places.