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CommonScientificNotes
HedgehogErinaceus europaeusFairly common. Visits gardens. Frequent road casualty.
MoleTalpa europaeaA survey by ENHS members in 1995 revealed molehills at altitudes from near sea level (Dunster Beach) to around 1300 ft. (Top Porlock Hill) Common but a lack of records from central and SW Exmoor.
Common ShrewSorex araneusWidespread but few records from SW Exmoor.
Pygmy ShrewSorex minutusRecorded much less often than Common Shrew. All our records are from eastern half of Exmoor.
Water ShrewNeomys fodiensWidespread, but few records.
Greater Horseshoe BatRhinolophus ferrumequinumRare, just a few known colonies
Lesser Horseshoe BatRhinolophus hipposiderosA few colonies recorded
Whiskered BatMyotis mystacinusRare
Natterer's BatMyotis nattereriScarce
Bechstein's BatMyotis bechsteiniRare
Daubenton's BatMyotis daubentoniAlso known as Water Bat. May be seen flying by day overûrivers.
SerotineEptesicus serotinusScarce
NoctuleNyctalus noctulaFairly common
PipistrellePipistrellus pipistrellusThe commonest bat species, frequently seen at dusk.
45 kHz PipistrellePipistrellus pipistrellus 45kHzStatus not known.
Nathusius' PipistrellePipistrellus nathusiiRare
BarbastelleBarbastella barbastellusScarce and local.
Brown Long-eared BatPlecotus auritusFrequent
Grey Long-eared BatPlecotus austriacusVery rare.
RabbitOryctolagus cuniculusFair numbers again since being severely hit by myxamatosis in 1960s but this and other diseases are still around and numbers fluctuate.
Brown HareLepus capensisHas declined. Some have apparently been introduced by Hunts (?)
Red SquirrelSciurus vulgarisOnce common in Exmoor woodlands particularly conifer plantations but none seen since the hard winter of 1947. (This was before the Grey Squirrel arrived here.)
Grey SquirrelSciurus carolinensisBecame common on Exmoor after the Red Squirrel had succumbed to the hard winter of 1947. Few if any seen before that date.
Bank VoleClethrionomys glareolusCommon
Field VoleMicrotus agrestisCommon
Water VoleArvicola terrestrisNumbers declining.
Wood MouseApodemus sylvaticusIn gardens, woods and hedgerows. Common.
Yellow-necked MouseApodemus flavicollisBelieved to exist on Exmoor but we would appreciate any records.
Harvest MouseMicromys minutusNumbers have declined due to modern farming methods.
Brown RatRattus norvegicusNumbers have increased.
House MouseMus musculusIn and around buildings.
Common DormouseMuscardinus avellanariusProbably under recorded but thought to have declined with hazel coppicing no longer being carried out near every village. However, results of surveys with dormouse boxes are encouraging.
Bottle-nosed DolphinTursiops truncatusOccasional sightings offshore.
Common DolphinDelphinus delphisOccasionally occurs offshore and dead specimens sometimes washed up on beaches.
Common PorpoisePhocoena phocoenaOccasional sightings offshore.
Pilot WhaleGlobicephala melaenaOne off Lynmouth, 1984.
FoxVulpes vulpesBoth urban and rural foxes occur.
StoatMustela ermineaWidespread.
WeaselMustela nivalisWidespread but reported less often than stoat.
American MinkMustela visonNumbers seem to have been reduced. Otterhounds changed to hunting mink.
Polecat-ferretMustela furo x putoriusEscapes have occurred.
BadgerMeles melesCommon. Visits gardens sometimes causing havoc by digging up lawns. Possible carrier of bovine TB and Government Controlled culls have taken place on Exmoor.
OtterLutra lutraBecame very rare but has made a comeback, however many fall victim to road accidents.
Grey SealHalichoerus grypusOccasional sightings offshore and dead animals sometimes washed on to beaches.
Exmoor PonyEquus sp.Several small herds run on Exmoor and compete with deer and sheep for fodder, but all have owners and are fed in winter.
Red deerCervus elaphusMinimum 3000 on Exmoor & Quantocks and several hundred further in area south of Exmoor towards Tiverton. (Langbein 1997) 75% of Exmoor population is concentrated in eastern areas particularly the wooded valleys of Exe, Haddeo and Barle, coastal woodlands near Porlock and around Horner Wood & Dunkery.
Sika DeerCervus nipponSome escapes from Pixton Park near Dulverton were at one time in the Bray Valley but none are thought to have persisted.
Fallow DeerDama damaLocally common in east Exmoor only on Brendon and Croydon Hills. Population estimate: 600.
Roe DeerCapreolus capreolusEstablished in many woods throughout Exmoor.
MuntjacMuntiacus reevesiA few reports from Malmsmead area.
Wild GoatCapra domesticIn 1980s the Lynmouth & Lynton Council introduced Cheviot Goats in the Valley of Rocks. These were the only wild Cheviot herd in S. England and replaced feral goats of the Saanen breed introduced in 19th cent. Feral goats had been common here and in other parts of the Exmoor coast in previous centuries. (Information Board Valley of Rocks 1995)