Trip reference number: 22946

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Exmoor – Red Deer, Ponies & Night Skies

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Join award-winning wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt on Exmoor for an extensive photography trip filled with opportunities for red deer, ponies, macro and night skies.

Located on the north coast of Somerset and Devon, Exmoor is a unique landscape shaped by nature and humanity over thousands of years. It is widely recognised as one of southern Britain's finest ‘wilderness' areas. The diverse habitats of Exmoor provide a home for an impressive array of wildlife, including majestic red deer, roe deer, rare raptors, a wealth of bird life, elusive otters and some of the UK's rarest butterflies and bats. 

Equally iconic are Exmoor ponies, one of several British native pony rare breeds. The ponies are semi-feral, with herds free to roam over the moor, but they are all owned and managed. There are around twenty different herds on the various commons of Exmoor.

Our photo workshops have been timed in late winter / early spring when Exmoor offers very good potential for landscape photography with dramatic raking light falling across austere scenes. There will also hopefully be opportunities to see red deer and some wonderful birdlife. This is also a time when it is possible to make the most of Exmoor's dramatic coastal areas which are sure to provide further photographic inspiration. Over the course of each workshop, we also hope to photograph the hardy eponymous ponies and magnificent highland cattle and explore areas of ancient woodland where there will be plenty of options for captivating macro photography and impressionistic waterscapes.

Another important Exmoor feature is the option for terrific night sky viewing and photography. Exmoor is certainly the best place in southern Britain for this (suffering the least light pollution) and hosts an annual Dark Sky Festival at the end of October. From areas close to our hotel (the nearby expanses of Dunkery Beacon), this is another aspect we hope to take advantage of, if conditions allow.

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Arrival & afternoon photographic session in Exmoor National Park
  2. Day 2: Full day exploring Exmoor for wildlife & photographic opportunities
  3. Day 3: Final morning photographic session
  • Available*: Nov
  • Group size: 6
  • Price excluding international flights: From £750 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Accommodation
    • Meals as indicated
    • 4x4 transportation
    • Guided photographic sessions
    • Services of photographic leader Nick Garbutt
    • Services of local guide(s)
    • Conservation fund contribution
  • Activities available:
    • Photography


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

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