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Nature reserves and forestry

A picture of breary marshNature Conservation

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

Trees and woodlands
Long grass and wildflower meadows
Ponds, lakes and streams

Such habitats support a wealth of wildlife that you may be surprised to find living in a big city. Species range from those we see fairly often like birds, frogs and bats to rarer animals and plants such as lizards, glow worms, orchids 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, such as street trees.

For more information visit the Related Pages section of this page.


Discover the wildlife of Leeds by attending an event at one of our nature reserves or woodlands. Events vary but throughout the course of a year there’ll usually be opportunities to discover and learn more about plants and animals such as bats, glow worms, wildflowers and birds.

For details check out our events and activities leaflet in the Documents section of this page.


There are volunteering opportunities available at several of our nature reserves. Also, Leeds Wildlife Volunteers work on different sites across the city twice a month, improving habitats so local plants and animals can thrive. More information is provided in our events and activities leaflet in the Documents section of this page.


Email: parks@leeds.gov.uk
Telephone: 0113 3957400 (Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm)
ParksWatch (24 hour helpline): 0113 232 9973
Dog Wardens: 0113 222 4407​