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National nature reserves in England are designated by Natural England as key places for wildlife and natural features in England. They were established to protect the most significant areas of habitat and of geological formations. NNRs are managed on behalf of the nation, many by Natural England themselves, but also by non-governmental organisations, including the members of The Wildlife Trusts partnership, the National Trust, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

There are over 224 NNRs in England covering over 800 square kilometres (310 sq mi) and practically every kind of landscape. Often they contain rare species or nationally important species of plants, insects, butterflies, birds, mammals etc.

Spotlight NNRs

From the 250+ reserves, Natural England has selected 35 as "Spotlight Reserves":

  1. Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR, Merseyside
  2. Aston Rowant NNR, Oxfordshire
  3. Barnack Hills & Holes NNR, Cambridgeshire
  4. Castle Eden Dene, County Durham
  5. Derbyshire Dales NNR, Derbyshire
  6. Duncombe Park NNR, North Yorkshire
  7. Durham Coast, County Durham
  8. East Dartmoor Woods and Heaths NNR, Devon
  9. Farne Islands NNR, Northumberland
  10. Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses NNR, Shropshire/Wales
  11. Finglandrigg Woods NNR, Cumbria
  12. Gait Barrows NNR, Lancashire
  13. Gibraltar Point NNR, Lincolnshire
  14. Golitha Falls NNR, Cornwall
  15. Holkham NNR, Norfolk
  16. Ingleborough NNR, North Yorkshire
  17. Kingley Vale NNR, West Sussex
  18. Lindisfarne, Northumberland
  19. Lower Derwent Valley NNR, East Riding of Yorkshire
  20. Moor House-Upper Teesdale, Cumbria & County Durham
  21. North Meadow, Cricklade NNR, Wiltshire
  22. Old Winchester Hill NNR, Hampshire
  23. Redgrave and Lopham Fen, Norfolk & Suffolk
  24. Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR, Lincolnshire
  25. Shapwick Heath NNR, Somerset
  26. Slapton Ley NNR, Devon
  27. Stiperstones NNR, Shropshire
  28. Stodmarsh NNR, Kent
  29. Studland and Godlingston Heath NNR, Dorset
  30. Teesmouth NNR, Teesside
  31. The Lizard NNR, Cornwall
  32. Suffolk Coast NNR, Suffolk
  33. Thursley NNR, Surrey
  34. Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
  35. Wye NNR, Kent

For a full list of English NNRs, see List of National Nature Reserves in England

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