Local Nature Reserves

Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) are places to enjoy and learn more about local wildlife or geology. LNRs can be found near city centres, on the coast, or in the countryside.

To designate them they must have the support of the local community and the owner or owners of the site. LNRs do not need to have rare species on them but they do need to be valued by the local community.

Highland Council is very supportive of communities wanting to designate LNRs and there is Biodiversity Officer time available to help communities go through the designation process. The process is relatively straightforward and is outlined in the documents below.

Once the information is gathered, the reports written and the landowner agreements signed all this documentation and a report can be put to Highland Council's Planning, Environment and Development Committee for final ratification.

Merkinch LNR

This was the 50th LNR to be designated in Scotland and the first in the Highlands. It was designated in October 2007. So far it is the only LNR in the Highlands but we are hopefully that more will follow. See http://www.merkinchlnr.org.uk/ for more information. Its designation has raised the profile and awareness of this great area for wildlife in the north of Inverness. The local community (and the Reserve) has benefitted from path improvements, interpretation, habitat managment and an increase in the number of events held on the site.

Examples of the information and reports required for designation.

Information required to designate an LNR.

Site Selection Statement.

Reserve Management Statement

Report to Highland Council.


Further Information

SNH Local Nature Reserve Pages

Highland Environment Forum

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