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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

Loch Maree from Beinn Eighe lochside car park. ©Elli Carlisle/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Sea rocket (Cakile maritima) growing on a sandy beach at Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Places to be proud of

National Nature Reserves have habitats and species that are nationally important and many are internationally important too. The accolade of 'National Nature Reserve' identifies sites with excellent wildlife which are managed very carefully, both for wildlife and for people too, so that visitors can appreciate the wildlife living there.

The key purpose of National Nature Reserves is to showcase some of the best wildlife in Scotland for everyone to see and appreciate. This purpose is unique and distinguishes National Nature Reserves from other protected areas.

Many other locations in Scotland are nature reserves and these are also great places to visit and look for wildlife.

The accolade is overseen by the NNR Partnership.

Interested in becoming an NNR?


If you are interested in becoming an NNR provider these Frequently Asked Questions will provide you with a quick guide to the process.

NNR Partnership


In August 2012, the Scottish Natural Heritage Board agreed a vision to steer the future development of the National Nature Reserve (NNR) accolade based on three clear principles:

  • The national accolade of National Nature Reserve will be applied to land and water of acknowledged significance for nature that is being managed to agreed high standards for nature and the enjoyment of nature. Nature on these reserves will be of national importance and the sites will be managed primarily for nature in the long term and for people to enjoy nature.
  • National Nature Reserves will be run by a range of public, private, community and voluntary organisations; and the accolade will be managed by a partnership representing these organisations.
  • This partnership will agree selection and review criteria, and set high and demanding management standards expected of a national accolade.

The Partnership has representatives from:

In 2013 the Partnership produced new NNR selection criteria and standards.



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