Natural England is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Its purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.
It manages around two thirds of England’s National Nature Reserves, with the remainder being managed by organisations approved by Natural England such as National Trust, the Forestry Commission, RSPB, many Wildlife Trusts and Local Authorities.
An NNR is a site which has been designated as special, for example for its wildlife, geology or rare plants. NNRs are open all year round, entry is free and most are accessible. Many of the reserves have events, some designed around seasonal highlights, for which a small charge may be payable.