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Introducing National Nature Reserves (NNRs)

What are National Nature Reserves?

Like other countries, the National Nature Reserve (NNR) accolade applies to the best wildlife sites in Scotland so everyone can appreciate and be proud of Scotland's wonderful nature. Most reserves have habitats and species that are nationally or internationally important so the wildlife is managed very carefully.

Although NNRs must be well managed for wildlife, people are also encouraged to enjoy these special places too. Visitor facilities are designed and managed to ensure that people can enjoy the reserves without harming or disturbing the wildlife that lives there.

NNRs are run by a range of public, private, community and voluntary organisations. The NNR accolade is managed by a partnership representing these organisations.

Together, the suite of NNRs, showcase the wide variety of Scotland's habitats and species from pine forest to blanket bog, from seabird colonies to mountain plants. They are located all over the country - the northernmost is Hermaness external site at the northern tip of Shetland, while Caerlaverock external site   is at the other end of the country on the shores of the Solway Firth.

The 47 National Nature Reserves covers 95,835 hectares. The smallest is Corrieshalloch Gorge NNR external site at just under seven hectares and the largest is Glen Affric NNR external site  at 14,537 hectares.

The woodland trail, Beinn Eighe NNR. © Lorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

The NNR accolade

Showcasing some of the best wildlife in Scotland for all to see and appreciate.

Volunteers clearing willow scrub at Loch Leven NNR. © Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Who owns and manages NNRs

Learn more about our partners.

National Nature Reserves logo. Copyright NNR. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Designating NNRs

More about how National Nature Reserves are set up.

The beach and seaweed covered rocks with tourist boats moored in Village Bay, Hirta, St Kilda  ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

NNRs and protected areas

The legislation, policy and protected areas related to NNRs.



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