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Local Nature Reserves

Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) are for both people and wildlife. They are places with wildlife or geological features that are of interest locally, which give people special opportunities to study and learn about them or simply enjoy and have contact with nature.

There are over 1,000 LNRs in England ranging from windswept coastal headlands, ancient woodlands and flower rich meadows to former inner city railways, long abandoned landfill sites and industrial areas.

LNRs are designated by local councils. Natural England manages the Local Nature Reserve scheme. If you need more information about Local Nature Reserves and how to designate them please contact Dorset County Council or visit the Natural England (opens in a new window) web site.

Dorset County Council currently manage the following LNRs:

 Christchurch and East Dorset Councils Countryside Team manage the following LNRs:

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