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National nature reserves in Scotland are established by Scottish Natural Heritage.

In 2004 there were 73 national nature reserves in Scotland, as per the list below. However, following a review of NNR policy that took account of the availability of other designations conferring legal protection, such as site of special scientific interest, special protection area and special area of conservation, Scottish Natural Heritage together with other reserve management organisations (sometimes referred to as 'approved bodies') started re-shaping the Scotland's National Nature Reserve series. This process continues today (2013).

From late 2012, governance of the NNR designation in Scotland is through a partnership group, comprising representatives of existing reserve management organisations and community land groups, chaired by Scottish Natural Heritage. Scottish Natural Heritage is still responsible for the formal/legal declaration of national nature reserves.

List of national nature reserves in Scotland

Northern Isles

Western Isles

Highlands and Skye

Grampian Highlands

Tayside and Fife

West Highlands

Central Belt

South of Scotland

Former NNRs, de-declared since 2004

  • Braehead Moss De-declared on 9 December 2011
  • Claish Moss De-declared on 1 March 2012
  • Cragbank Woods De-declared on 20 December 2012
  • Den of Airlie De-declared on 20 December 2012
  • Eilean Na Muice Duibhe, Islay
  • Glencripesdale De-declared on 1 March 2012
  • Inverpolly
  • Keen of Hamar De-declared on 13 July 2012
  • Loch Druidibeg De-declared on 1 March 2012
  • Mealdarroch De-declared on 9 December 2011
  • Morrone Birkwood
  • Morton Lochs Now part of Tentsmuir NNR
  • Nigg and Udale Bays De-declared on 9 December 2011
  • Rannoch Moor De-declared on 1 March 2012
  • Silver Flowe
  • Tynron Juniper Wood
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