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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

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Gravestones in cemetery near Incheril, Kinlochewe. © 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?

Some National Nature Reserves are owned and managed by a single organisation but many have several owners and managers. This multiple tenure means that the numbers are quite complex.

There are currently six organisations directly involved in the ownership and / or management of National Nature Reserves in Scotland:

  • Scottish Natural Heritage (36 NNRs)
  • Forestry Enterprise Scotland (4 NNRs) 
  • Royal Society for Protection of Birds (4 NNRs),
  • National Trust for Scotland (5 NNRs)
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust (1 NNR)
  • South Lanarkshire Council (1 NNR) 

Private landowners also own land declared as National Nature Reserve. Scottish Natural Heritage manages many of these privately owned Reserves under a lease or management agreement with the owner. A small number of private landowners manage their land as NNRs in agreement with Scottish Natural Heritage.

Figures based on 47 promoted NNRs and correct at May 2015.



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