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SNH staff ditch blocking on Flanders Moss NNR.  ©Lorne Gill/SNH.  For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

NNR management

Scotland's NNRs are managed primarily for the benefit of nature where rare and often fragile wildlife species and habitats are protected. Reserves also offer a tremendous opportunity for people to enjoy and find out more about these special places and the exceptional wildlife they are home to. Striking a balance between protecting fragile species and habitats, and providing a high quality visitor experience is not always easy. We achieve this through careful planning.

Management of nature and wildlife

All NNRs are managed to ensure that the nature conservation interests of the Reserve are kept in or restored to the best possible condition. 

Our management on NNRs is informed by research, survey and monitoring.  We use this information to get a  better understanding of the nature conservation interests of the Reserve, and develop new knowledge and skills to improve our management of wildlife habitats. We often use specialised management techniques to achieve our conservation aims, and demonstration on Reserves allows us to share our knowledge and experience of land management with others.

Find out more about our nature and wildlife management at Flanders Moss NNR and Abernethy NNR.

Management for people

Our visitors are important to us and our management is committed to raising the profile of NNRs and ensuring that they are accessible to as wider range of people as possible. We want our visitors to know they are welcome; and to leave knowing more and appreciating the special nature conservation qualities each Reserve has to offer.

Find out more about management for people on Ben Lawers and Beinn Eighe NNRs.

Property management

We strive to ensure that all of our property external site , whether it is a visitor centre, deer larder, footpath or fence, is well maintained, clean and safe.  All management of our property complies with legislative requirements and is committed to ensuring we reduce environmental impact through sustainable initiatives.

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