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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 2017

This year there is a Volunteering Matters (formerly CSV) Action Earth 2017 campaign. Volunteering Matters distribute the grants on behalf of Scottish Natural Heritage and funds are available to run an event on your local nature reserve that supports volunteering and community action. For more information contact: external site  

How many do we have?

In Scotland as from November 2016, there are 74 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 Edinburgh. On November28th Cammo Estate reserve of 38.74 hectares was designated. The site is a formal park  with a Designated Historic Garden and Designed Landscape and is a Local Biodiversity Site. It is situated on the north - western side within the City of Edinburgh. This now brings  City of Edinburgh  Council up to seven LNRs.

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.


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