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The River Affric, Glen Affric 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

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.

The Cuillins on Rum. Rum 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

Facts and figures on NNRs

When was the first National Nature Reserve set up?

Established in 1951, Beinn Eighe in North West Scotland is Britain's oldest NNR. Beinn Eighe NNR external site was created primarily to protect ancient Caledonian pinewood, although the Reserve covers a vast area of 48 square kilometres stretching from loch side to mountain top.

How many National Nature Reserves are in Scotland?

There are now 47 promoted NNRs in Scotland, ranging from Hermaness in the Shetland Islands in the far north, to Caerlaverock on the Solway Firth near Dumfries in the south of the country. This page provides a map. external site

Why are National Nature Reserves special?

Scotland's NNRs are world class sites for nature which help safeguard an incredible variety of animals, plants, geological features and landscapes. NNRs offer superb opportunities for people to get close to, enjoy, and learn more about Scotland's nature. Through careful management of the land, NNRs help protect rare and often fragile wildlife species and habitats that are internationally important. Research work on NNRs also allows us to better understand the natural environment and develop new knowledge and skills to improve our management of wildlife habitats.

Who looks after National Nature Reserves?

NNRs are owned and managed by a number of organisations including   Forestry Commission Scotland external site , The National Trust for Scotland external site , RSPB Scotland, external site  Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Wildlife Trust external site .  Who owns and / or manages each NNR is noted on the individual reserve pages.

Are National Nature Reserves open to the public? 

Yes! NNRs are open to everyone who wants to experience some of the best sights and sounds of Scotland's natural world.

Are National Nature Reserves open all year?

You are welcome to visit NNRs all year round.

Are there any information leaflets about National Nature Reserves?

Yes! We publish a range of NNR publications external site . If you want to order any NNR publications, please e-mail pubs@snh.gov.uk.

Are there National Nature Reserves in other parts of the UK?

Yes - visit these websites to find out more about NNRs in England external site and Wales external site .



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