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Landscape & wildlife Please note - A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over all functions and services previously carried out by Countryside Council for Wales. While the Natural Resources Wales website continues to be developed, some online services will continue to be provided on this web site.

Local Nature Reserves

Many local authorities in Wales - in urban as well as rural areas - have set up Local Nature Reserves (LNRs). There are a total of 62 throughout the country, all with natural features that are of special interest to their local area.

What are Local Nature Reserves?

These sites can include abandoned quarries, redundant canals or disused railway sidings as well as woodlands, wetlands, heath lands and coasts. They can offer fine opportunities for conservation and education, quiet enjoyment and public appreciation of nature.

They help protect habitats and species and help forge partnerships between the local authority, nature conservation organisations and the community. They also make people more aware of local wildlife and offer an ideal place for children to learn about nature.

What are the criteria?

  • By law, only a local authority can set up a Local Nature Reserve.
  • The site must lie within that local authority area.
  • The authority must either have a legal interest in the land or have reached an agreement with the owner for the land to be managed as a reserve.
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