NNR Partnership

Mar Lodge Estate - National Trust for Scotland


The NNR Partnership recommends which of Scotland’s nature reserves deserve the NNR accolade. It considers only the best places to enjoy our rich natural heritage.


The NNR Partnership is made up of representatives from:

Decision making

Any landowner, community or organisation interested in gaining the NNR accolade can put their site forward. The NNR Partnership assesses whether proposed sites meet the selection and management criteria for NNRs.

If proposed sites meet the criteria, the Partnership recommends them to NatureScot. Under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, NatureScot formally declares the Partnership’s recommended sites as NNRs.


If you’re interested in gaining the NNR accolade on your land, please read the FAQ for potential applicants.

To indicate your interest in applying, please email the Partnership Secretariat at [email protected]