Local nature reserves

Where are the local nature reserves (LNRs) in the East Riding?

Details of the East Riding manage local nature reserves can be found on the find your nearest local nature reserve page.

There are 11 local nature reserves in the East Riding managed by the council, these are:

Other nature reserves managed by local groups include:

  • Sugar Mill Ponds
  • Howden Marsh
  • Mayfield and Broom Park
  • North Cave Wetlands
  • North Cliffe Woods.

There are also other countryside sites not managed by the council that offer a similar experience, these are:

  • Spurn Point
  • Allerthorpe Common
  • Paull Holme Strays
  • Kiplingcotes Quarry.

What are LNRs?

Local nature reserves (LNRs) are places for people and wildlife. They have wildlife or geological features that are of local interest and can provide people with study and learning opportunities or to simply enjoy having contact with nature.

There are over 700 LNRs in England with 12 in the East Riding, ranging from windswept coastal headlands, ancient woodlands and flower-rich meadows to disused railways, chalk quarries, and landfill sites. The council’s nature reserves cover over 333 hectares, which makes an important contribution to the biodiversity of the East Riding and the country as a whole.

We have designated LNRs under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. They are either managed by the council or by local groups. This designation provides statutory protection and gives powers to make by-laws to protect their natural interest.

Activities permitted include walking, dog walking, jogging, fishing (at Eastrington Ponds LNR only), picnics, observing nature and bird watching.

There is a countryside access officer allocated for each of the council's LNRs. Refer to the site you wish to visit for further information.

How do I get to an LNR using public transport?

Most of the local nature reserves (LNRs) are accessible by public transport. Further details can be found by referring to the individual LNR that you wish to visit.

For details of bus timetables please visit the East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) website:

East Yorkshire Motor Services (external website)

Is there a charge for visiting an LNR?

Parking is free at most local nature reserves, however, the sites at Flamborough - Outer Headland, Danes Dyke and South Landing, do make a small charge.

Visit the MiPermit parking website for prices, and to pay using your smartphone, text message, web site, or telephone.

MiPermit website (external website)

You can also purchase an East Riding Wide Daily ticket in some LNR car parks. This allows you to use any long-stay Pay and Display council car park in the East Riding of Yorkshire on the date of issue.

What is accessibility like?

All of our local nature reserves (LNRs) have some accessibility for wheelchairs and or pushchairs.

How do I find out about LNR events?

Countryside events are available to search, book and pay online from the East Riding events system.

Are there any toilets and refreshments available at LNRs?

Toilets are provided at the Humber Bridge Country Park, Danes Dyke, Flamborough Outer Headland and South Landing.

On other sites, it is necessary to use public conveniences available in the nearest town or village.

Do I need to keep my dog on a lead?

Dogs are welcome and are permitted off leads on all of our local nature reserves (LNRs), providing they are kept under control and you pick up after them. Dog waste bins are not provided but most of our LNRs have general waste bins that you can use.

What safety precautions do I need to consider?

The local nature reserves (LNRs) are areas where you may encounter wet or muddy areas and some of them are quite isolated and may not provide much shelter. To avoid getting wet and cold, make sure you wear suitable outdoor clothing and plan ahead for your visit.

Some of the sites have ravines and cliff edges and these may not be fenced off. Please adjust your walking style to the terrain.

There may not be mobile phone reception at some of our LNRs. If there is no reception, try dialling 112.

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