Local Nature Reserves


Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) are for both people and wildlife. They are places with wildlife or geological features that are of special interest locally.

They offer people special opportunities to study or learn about nature or simply to enjoy it.

Wirral has 5 Local nature reserves

The Peninsula also has an additional number of sites of other interests, including:

Sensitive Marine Areas

The Dee Estuary and North Wirral Foreshore are designated as one of 27 Sensitive Marine Areas.

Sensitive Marine Areas (SMAs) are non-statutory marine areas that are nationally important and notable for their marine animal and plant communities or which provide ecological support to adjacent statutory sites.

They are identified by English Nature, with a further aim of raising awareness and disseminating information to be taken into account in estuarine and coastal management planning.

These areas rely on the co-operation of users and local communities for sustainable management, with the help of grant aid.

Natura 2000 sites

These are a network of European sites, designated under the Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive. On Wirral they include the Dee Estuary and the Mersey Estuary.

Visit the DEFRA site for more information.

Ramsar Sites

The Dee Estuary and the Mersey Estuary are 'Ramsar' Sites. Visit the Ramsar website for more information.