Natural England 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 His Majesty King Charles III.
As Prince of Wales, His Majesty expressed a deep love and concern for England’s wildlife, natural and rural places, frequently reflecting on his love of walking and its role in promoting a healthy mind and body.
25 National Nature Reserves
The plans will see the creation of a new King’s Series of National Nature Reserves, with five major 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 wonderful 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.
As the government’s focus moves on from an era of nature conservation to nature recovery to create spaces for wildlife to thrive, this new series showcases Natural England’s ambition for bigger, better and more connected spaces for nature – building on the 221 declared in the reign of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
History of our nature reserves
National Nature Reserves are the most important places for nature in England and provide significant benefits for nature conservation, science and people.
Work leading to the declaration of the first seven NNRs in England in 1952 took place during the second world war, laying a legacy for future generations.
Over the last 70 years, during the reign of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 221 NNRs were declared, focusing on nature conservation and science and providing opportunities for people to enjoy nature.