Published: 22nd Feb 2019

National Nature Reserves (NNRs) offer £36m worth of economic, environmental and societal benefits, according to research from Natural England. Their analysis published today (February 21) reports on the current health of NNRs as natural assets, and includes a balance sheet that calculates the value they provide. Natural England hopes the report will provide a ‘new perspective’ to inform investment and management decisions around NNRs. The report reveals the most significant benefits provided by NNRs are wildlife, cultural, and climate change related. The report estimates that the 141 NNRs managed by Natural England will remove up to 185,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year from our atmosphere providing an annual benefit of approximately £12m. NNRs are an important recreational resource, attracting an estimated 5.5 million visits a year and don’t charge for access with Natural England estimating these visits are worth £22m per year. Other benefits of NNRs, such as wildlife … (To read the full article, subscribe below)