Special Environmental Sites and Schemes

10. Local Nature Reserves (LNR)

LNRs are declared by local authorities in consultation with English Nature. The requirement is that the land should be of special value locally and within the planning authoritys jurisdiction. In addition the local authority must have a planning interest in the land. There are over 800 LNRs and the total area covered by LNRs is about 29,000 ha. Designation is defined as being to enable preservation and protection of flora and fauna, and to enable study and research to take place. English Nature provides advice on the designation and declaration procedure as well as legal aspects and site management. It also makes grants available to community groups towards managing LNRs, to develop and protect their natural interest and allow people to enjoy them.

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