National nature reserves in England

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Cassop Vale National Nature Reserve

National nature reserves in England are designated by Natural England as key places for wildlife and natural features in England. They were established to protect the most significant areas of habitat and of geological formations. NNRs are managed on behalf of the nation, many by Natural England itself, but also by non-governmental organisations, including the members of The Wildlife Trusts partnership, the National Trust, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

There are 229 NNRs in England covering 939 square kilometres (363 square miles).[1] Often they contain rare species or nationally important species of plants, insects, butterflies, birds, mammals, etc.

Spotlight NNRs[edit]

Natural England has selected 35 as spotlight reserves:[2]

For a full list of English NNRs, see List of national nature reserves in England

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All NNR condition summary". Natural England. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  2. ^ Natural England Archived 2007-08-19 at the Wayback Machine Spotlight Reserves

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