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With such a diversity of landscape and habitat it is little wonder that Somerset is wildlife rich. From coastal cliffs to low wetlands and moors to wooded hillsides, the County has a wealth of countryside to support an abundance of creatures great and small – some of which are scarce in other parts of Britain.

Herds of Exmoor ponies live wild on the Quantock Hills, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are the descendants of the ponies who lived there in the Ice Age and feed on coarse moorland grass. Quantock Rangers put up nesting boxes in woodland to encourage dormice and there are hares and deer.

Britain’s biggest gorge and the caves at Cheddar have their own rarities including the largest UK colony of greater horseshoe bats, water voles and great crested newts. Cheddar Complex nature Reserve is just one of more than 70 run by Somerset Wildlife Trust which provide opportunities for being close to wildlife.

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