Local nature reserves in Taunton Deane

We have 13 Local Nature Reserves (LNRs). A Local Nature Reserve is an area of high nature conservation value used by the public for the quiet enjoyment of nature.

We manage 13 Local Nature Reserves in Taunton Deane in partnership with the Parks Department and private landowners. This involves individual site maintenance as well as raising awareness of the sites and their wildlife value. We do this by providing information boards on some of the reserves.

Opening times

Most of the Reserves are open every day during daylight hours.

Policy

Management plans have been written for most of the sites.

Laws and regulation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a statutory designation made under Section 21 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 by principal local authorities. Parish and Town Councils can also declare LNRs but they must have the powers to do so delegated to them by a principal local authority. To establish an LNR, the declaring local authority must first have a legal interest in the land concerned. This means owning the freehold, leasing it or having a nature reserve agreement with the owner. The land need not lie within the area which the declaring authority controls but if it does not, the authority within whose jurisdiction the land falls must be in agreement. Natural England can help Local authorities to select, declare and manage LNRs. The local authority should also consult local communities and voluntary conservation bodies such as the County Wildlife Trust and put together outline management proposals for the site. The local authority then needs to write formally to the Natural England regional team to the effect that it intends to make the LNR declaration.

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