Outdoor access and recreation – collection

National Nature Reserves in England

Find out more about the reserves, where they are, who manages them and what special features or opportunities they offer.

National Nature Reserves (NNRs) provide some of the best examples of wildlife and geology in England.

NNRs are managed to:

  • maintain and improve their biodiversity and geodiversity
  • provide environmental research on how the environment is changing
  • provide opportunities for public enjoyment and quiet recreation

Natural England has a NNR Management Standard which sets out the main principles for their management.

There are 224 reserves in England covering 94,000 hectares. Natural England manages 143 of these on its own or jointly with other organisations. The rest are managed by approved bodies, such as the National Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Wildlife Trusts.

The national map on the MAGIC website shows where the 224 reserves are in England.

You can find out more about each reserve and their special features in the county lists – grouped by geographic region – below.

NNR visitor survey

If you have been to one of the 143 NNRs managed by Natural England, let us know what you thought of your visit by completing this short survey

Your feedback will be used to help improve our service to you and in deciding how best to manage these reserves for visitors and nature.

If you wish to make a comment about an NNR managed by another organisation, please follow the links from that NNR entry.

East Midlands NNRs

  1. National Nature Reserves in the East Midlands

    • 26 June 2013
    • Map
  2. Derbyshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 1 October 2014
    • Corporate report
  3. Leicestershire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  4. Lincolnshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  5. Northamptonshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 1 October 2014
    • Corporate report
  6. Nottinghamshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 1 October 2014
    • Corporate report

East of England NNRs

  1. National Nature Reserves in the east of England

    • 19 June 2013
    • Map
  2. Bedfordshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  3. Cambridgeshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  4. Essex's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  5. Hertfordshire's National Nature Reserve

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  6. Norfolk's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  7. Suffolk's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report

North East NNRs

  1. National Nature Reserves in the north east of England

    • 11 September 2014
    • Map
  2. Cleveland's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 September 2014
    • Corporate report
  3. Durham's National Nature Reserves

    • 1 September 2014
    • Corporate report
  4. Northumberland's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 September 2014
    • Corporate report

North West NNRs

  1. National Nature Reserves in the north west of England

    • 28 June 2013
    • Map
  2. Cumbria's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 September 2014
    • Corporate report
  3. Cheshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 September 2014
    • Corporate report
  4. Lancashire's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 September 2014
    • Corporate report
  5. Merseyside's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 September 2014
    • Corporate report

London and the South East NNRs

  1. National Nature Reserves in London and the south east of England

    • 28 June 2013
    • Map
  2. Berkshire's National Nature Reserve

    • 2 August 2014
    • Corporate report
  3. Buckinghamshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 August 2014
    • Corporate report
  4. East Sussex's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 August 2014
    • Corporate report
  5. Greater London's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 August 2014
    • Corporate report
  6. Hampshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 August 2014
    • Corporate report
  7. Isle of Wight's National Nature Reserve

    • 2 August 2014
    • Corporate report
  8. Kent's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 August 2014
    • Corporate report
  9. Oxfordshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 August 2014
    • Corporate report
  10. Surrey's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 August 2014
    • Corporate report
  11. West Sussex's National Nature Reserves

    • 2 August 2013
    • Corporate report

South West NNRs

  1. National Nature Reserves in the south west of England

    • 28 June 2013
    • Map
  2. Avon's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  3. Cornwall's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  4. Devon's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  5. Dorset's National Nature Reserves

    • 1 December 2008
    • Corporate report
  6. Gloucestershire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  7. Somerset's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  8. Wiltshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report

West Midlands NNRs

  1. National Nature Reserves in the West Midlands

    • 26 June 2013
    • Map
  2. Herefordshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 1998
    • Corporate report
  3. Shropshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  4. Staffordshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  5. West Midlands National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  6. Worcestershire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report

Yorkshire and the Humber NNRs

  1. National Nature Reserves in Yorkshire and the Humber

    • 28 June 2013
    • Map
  2. East Riding of Yorkshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  3. North Lincolnshire National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  4. North Yorkshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report
  5. South Yorkshire's National Nature Reserves

    • 31 October 2008
    • Corporate report

Public access on NNRs

  1. National Nature Reserves: improved public access

    • 17 September 2014
    • Corporate report

Volunteering with Natural England

  1. Volunteering with Natural England: how to get involved

    • 24 April 2015
    • Detailed guide

Research opportunities for further education students

Dissertations and similar projects provide students with opportunities to work on high quality sites and to contribute to the research and management of Natural England’s NNRs. See the list of topic titles available for study.

  1. Research opportunities on National Nature Reserves in England

    • 28 November 2014
    • Corporate report