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Find your nearest nature reserve

Tom Marshall

42 nature reserves to explore
Coastal, woodland, wetland and peatland habitats
3,096 acres of precious wild space protected
Vulnerable species brought back from the brink

Discover wild places in your region


More and more people are discovering the wonderful wild places on their doorstep during this unsettling time, but please remember that our nature reserves are home to sensitive wildlife. Please stick to footpaths to protect vulnerable plants and animals, and keep your furry friend on a lead at our dog-friendly nature reserves.

Our most popular nature reserves also have one-way systems in place to help keep you socially distant from other visitors.

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Nature reserves in East Lancashire

From idyllic woods to former quarries littered with fossils, our East Lancashire nature reserves are beautiful and fascinating.

Nature reserves in Central Lancashire

Ancient woodlands brim with bluebells and trees burst with birdsong in Central Lancashire reserves that offer the perfect place to bask in nature's beauty.

Nature reserves in West Lancashire

Stroll through secret gardens where butterflies flourish and sit by peaceful lakes where waders dabble and dive - West Lancashire is a special wild retreat.

Nature reserves in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is a hidden wildlife gem where nature is thriving amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city. From mossland wildernesses to Special Sites of Scientific Interest, there is a whole range of habitats to explore.

Nature reserves in Lancaster

Combining towering limestone cliffs and stunning coastal habitats, our nature reserves in Lancaster nurture rare butterflies, breeding waders and nationally important habitats.

Nature reserves in North Merseyside

Our North Merseyside nature reserves protect some of the most important coastal habitats in our region, where common lizards, red squirrels, water voles and whole rafts of seabirds feed, breed and roost in vital beauty spots.

What can you see at our reserves?

Discover the star species you can spot through the seasons.

Explore seasonal wildlife

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

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Your membership means we can protect vital habitats, safeguard species, and carry out vital restoration and conservation work to maintain our nature reserves for both people and wildlife.

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I really like how local LWT is. The reserves are great. I’m proud when I see the positive difference made on a local as well as a national level.
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