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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

Drifting sand and marram grass on the dunes at Sands of Forvie 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

Abernethy NNR -Scots pine woodland. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Designating National Nature Reserves (NNRs)

What are they for?


National Nature Reserves are areas of land set aside for nature. The main purpose of management is the conservation of their important habitats and species, as well as providing opportunities for the public to enjoy and engage with nature. Included in the series are mountain tops, ancient woodlands, remote islands with huge colonies of breeding seabirds and lowland lochs that are vitally important staging posts for migrating birds.

How are they designated?


National Nature Reserves are designated under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 or the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Most are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and many are also part of the network of European Natura 2000 sites - either Special Protection Areas for birds or Special Areas of Conservation for other habitats and species.

How many are there currently?


There are (August 2013) 47 promoted NNRs in Scotland.

Who owns and manages them?


Scotland's National Nature Reserves are owned and managed by a number of partner organisations and individuals, referred to as the NNR Partnership Group. external site  The partners include organisations such as Forest Enterprise Scotland, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and South Lanarkshire Council. There are also a few NNRs that are privately owned and managed in agreement with the landowner.



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