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Nature reserves and forestry

Nature Areas in Leeds

Leeds has a large number of sites that are managed by the Parks and Countryside service for the benefit of wildlife.  These include:

  • woodlands
  • wildflower meadows
  • ponds
  • streams 
  • and heathland.

Such habitats support a wealth of wildlife that you maybe surprised to find living in a big city. Species range from those we see fairly often like birds, frogs and bats to rarer species such as lizards, glow worms and crayfish.


As well as maintaining nature reserves and woodlands, the Parks and Countryside Service looks after many of the trees you see around the city, particularly street trees. 

Find out more

To find out more about Leeds City Council owned nature areas and the team that manage them, and tree management and how to deal with tree emergencies see the related pages.