Local Nature Reserves are for people and wildlife. They offer people special opportunities to study or learn about nature or simply enjoy it.
All district and county councils have powers to acquire, declare and manage LNRs. To qualify for wildlife status, a site must be of importance for wildlife, geology, education or public enjoyment. Some are also nationally important Sites of Scientific Interest, such as the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England.
LNRs are managed by the local authority either through ownership, lease or an agreement with the owner. The main aim is to care for the natural feature which makes the site special. Without careful management coppiced woodland, grazed meadows and heathland although lovely to see, would lose their interest for both wildlife and visitors.
There are now more than 1400 LNRs in England with many here in the north east. Here they range from windswept coastal estuaries, ancient woodlands and flower rich meadows through to former railways, abandoned landfill sites and industrial areas now re-colonised by wildlife.
Detailed here are a great number of the LNRs on Teesside and the surrounding area. Contact details, maps and directions are available on each named site.
If we have missed one that is a particular favourite of yours, please let us know and we will include it. Any photographs would also be most welcome!