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Nature Reserves

Leeds has seven Local Nature Reserves (LNR) which are owned and managed by Parks and Countryside’s Natural Habitats team, with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust working in partnership to manage and promote Townclose Hills Letchmire Pastures. Collectively these are amongst the best places to enjoy wildlife in the Leeds District, with lots of nature to see and delight in.

LNRs are sites of special interest within the Leeds District for nature conservation, the study or enjoyment of wildlife, geology or landforms and they are a statutory designation operated by the Council in consultation with Natural England, the Government’s agency for nature conservation.

Habitats range from ancient woodland to conifer plantations; from wetland to limestone meadow and from open heathland to river valley.

Our LNRs include:

  • The Chevin Forest Park
  • Breary Marsh
  • The Meanwood Valley
  • Middleton Woods
  • Letchmire Pastures
  • Townclose Hills 
  • Farnley Fishpond

An eighth, Fairburn Ings, is owned by Leeds City Council, but managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Why not visit them all, they’re well distributed across the district, are all very different and you can be sure to discover something new each time you drop in.