In the 1950s, The Exmoor Society grew from opponents of a plan to plant conifers across The Chains. That threat subsided but, for the next two decades, the moorland shrank through ploughing and fencing. In 2004, the Society sponsored a key report on issues facing the open moors: Moorlands at a Crossroads, updated in 2016. Both reports can be found here.
We chair a Landscape Advisory Group that looks at current issues affecting Exmoor’s landscape character.
Threats continue in many diverse forms and the Society has successfully led the fight to maintain Exmoor’s heaths, grass moors, ancient woodlands, tranquil landscapes and uncluttered skylines. We can do this because we’re a self-funded pressure group, an independent watchdog focussed on the interests of Exmoor.