About LNRs

Introduction to LNRs in Cornwall

Cornwall is famed for its wild landscapes and beautiful countryside. Cornwall’s Local Nature Reserves have been designated in wildlife areas that are important to communities and local groups. Local Nature Reserve (or LNR) is a statutory designation made under Section 21 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 by principal local authorities. Local Nature Reserves are for both people and wildlife and there are over 1,000 LNRs in England.

LNRs increase people’s awareness and enjoyment of their natural environment, provide an ideal environment for everyone to learn about and study nature, protect wildlife habitats and natural features and make it possible to apply bye-laws which can help in managing and protecting the site. In addition, because Local Nature Reserve is a statutory declaration, it is a very clear signal to a local community of the local authority’s commitment to nature conservation.

You are invited to explore and enjoy all of Cornwall’s Local Nature Reserves with respect for the wildlife there and other people using the reserves. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.