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Scotland's Local Nature Reserves

Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) are places to enjoy and learn more about local wildlife or geology. LNRs can be found near city centres, on the coast, or in the countryside. They can be all sorts of places - woodlands, wetlands, meadows or coastal sand dunes. They provide wild spaces where plants and animals, both common and rare, can thrive. They offer a more natural environment than parks and gardens, but are still readily accessible to, and for a wide range of people.

LNR events for 2014

This year there will be a CSV Action Earth 2014. The campaign will be launched in April . CSV will manage the events programme on behalf of Scottish Natural Heritage with funds available to run an event on your local nature reserve that supports volunteering and community action. For more information contact CSV on external site

How many do we have?

In Scotland as from July 2014, there are 71 designated LNRs. They cover a total area of approximately 10,000 ha, and range from the most northerly, a headland in Orkney, to the most southerly, a estuarine site in Dumfries and Galloway. The most recent designation is in Argyll & Bute. In June Holy Loch reserve of 8.49 hectares was designated. The site is just north of Dunoon. For more information on the site external site /

 North Lanarkshire's two  recent designations in May are: Mosswater reserve of 27 hectares  and  Cambusnethan Woodland. This site is 42.5 hectares and is the 70th designated site.

Some reserve are nationally important Sites of Special Scientific Interest  and two cities have sites that have also received the Green Flag Award external site . LNRs can be former industrial sites with ponds to bogs and flower filled meadows. All are accessible places for people, providing convenient opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and contributing to Scotland's biodiversity.

If a Local Nature Reserve requires a management plan or a review of an existing one, Scottish Natural Heritage has produced guidance to help with this see: Local Nature Reserves guidance on management plans.

Find out more

The reserves are owned and managed by the local authority, and more information on visiting can be found by contacting the council's ranger service.

Find out more about your Local Nature Reserves by clicking on the location on the interactive map below

Last updated on Wednesday 1st October 2014 at 13:26 PM. Click here to comment on this page