25 new nature reserves set for UK – Lincolnshire gets the first

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Natural England said it will leave a lasting public legacy for people and nature by creating of a King’s Series of National Nature Reserves to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III.

The plans will see the creation of a new ‘King’s Series of National Nature Reserves’, with five National Nature Reserves named every year for the next five years – 25 in total.

The first – the Lincolnshire Coronation Coast National Nature Reserve – will be declared by Natural England this summer. Over 12 square miles in area, it contains a variety of sand dunes, saltmarsh, mudflats and freshwater marshes, which support many breeding and wintering birds, natterjack toads, special plants and insects.

The remaining four National Nature Reserves for 2023-2024 will be confirmed at a later date, but are likely to include the Mendip Hills in Somerset, Moccas Park in Herefordshire, Ingleborough in North Yorkshire and Lullington in East Sussex.

Tony Juniper, chair of Natural England, said: “For more than five decades our King has been at the forefront of thinking about the need to restore our depleted natural world. He has highlighted the vital importance of sustainable agriculture, questions of water security, solutions to climate change and the urgency of moving to a circular economy inspired by nature. He’s helped make progress on all these and other subjects while having people’s wellbeing at the centre of his ideas.

“It is fitting that today Natural England begins the process of declaring 25 new National Nature Reserves that will be called the ‘King’s Series’, marking His Majesty’s Coronation and the new era of nature recovery that is now enshrined in national law and global agreements.

“The National Nature Reserves are the jewels in the crown of England’s nature and they are there for wildlife and people alike. The first one in this new series will be a very substantial area of protected habitat on the Lincolnshire coast, through which a section of the England Coast Path will soon be opened by Natural England.”

National Nature Reserves are the most important places for nature in England and provide significant benefits for nature conservation, science and people.

Over the past 70 years, 221 NNRs were declared, focusing on nature conservation and science and providing opportunities for people to enjoy nature.