Great for everyone, great for nature, great for getting involved!

Join us in May 2023 as we celebrate our most important places for nature, England's National Nature Reserves

  Connect with nature and join the celebrations at National Nature Reserves around the country this May, with over 90 events and activities happening at NNRs all around England.


The very first National Nature Reserves Week takes place from 20th to 29th May 2023.


NNRs around the country are putting on events and activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want to create, relax, learn, get involved or just have fun, there will be something for everybody! Come and join us, and discover the very best that nature has to offer.
Continue reading to find out more about National Nature Reserves, and explore the NNR Week events calendar to find an event near you.
Children making clay stick figures at a woodland event - c Mike Downey

National Nature Reserves Week Events

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National Nature Reserves - our most important places for nature

National Nature Reserves are our most important places for nature, the beating heart of England’s landscapes. From Lindisfarne in Northumberland, to the Lizard in Cornwall. From ferny woodlands and ancient heaths, to glimmering wetlands and wild coasts. National Nature Reserves are not only precious, but as colourful and diverse as the wildlife and people who call them home.


These ancient and unique places are wildlife-rich, breath-taking, and play a vital role in securing our country’s amazing wildlife and geology. They are at the centre of landscapes and communities, providing the foundation and inspiration to work towards reducing the impact of climate change and increasing the resilience of our countryside, towns and cities for people and wildlife. They are at the heart of a growing nature recovery network.
National Nature Reserves also act as outdoor laboratories where learning, science and discovery come together. Time is running out for our wildlife and ancient landscapes. Our reserves are helping us to find the answers to tackle the threats of climate change and biodiversity loss.


From the very first six in 1952, there are now 221 National Nature Reserves in England. Almost two thirds of these are managed by Natural England, but also by over 60 different partner organisations including the National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, local authorities and many other landowners and conservation bodies. These NNR partners all work together to ensure our most important places for nature thrive, and are protected for people to enjoy.

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