Local nature reserve LNR
There are 1500 Local Nature Reserves in England and the location and site information for each can be found on the Natural England website. The Scottish Natural Heritage website has a map with linked site information for each of the Scottish sites and sites in Wales can be found on the Landmap site.
Local Nature Reserves are designated under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. This act states that the sites are for:
Prior to declaring a Local Nature Reserve, Natural England should be consulted and following this, it is necessary for the site to be formally declared through a declaration document and once declared and accepted, the site should be announced in the local press.
Local Nature Reserves are controlled by the local authority either through ownership, a lease or a management agreement. The sites must be managed appropriately and ideally should be accessible to visitors.
It is possible for Local Nature Reserves to be protected against damaging operations and also against development in, or around them. This protection is typically provided by the Local Plan, produced by the local authority. The level and type of protection afforded varies between sites.
- Areas of outstanding natural beauty.
- Community Managed Reserves.
- Conservation area.
- Designated sites.
- Green belt.
- How nature can be used to improve wellbeing.
- Local green space.
- Local plan.
- National Nature Reserve.
- National Parks.
- Natural England.
- Nature Conservation Order NCO.
- Protected species.
- Site of biological importance.
- Sites of special scientific interest.
- Types of land.
- Village green.