Nature reserves

There are eight Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) in Norwich, all of which are managed by Norwich City Council's green spaces team. They include woodlands, lowland heath and grazing marshes. All the sites are open to visitors, although the marshes are sometimes inaccessible during wet weather. The sites are:

  • Bowthorpe Marsh
  • Danby Wood
  • Eaton Common
  • Earlham Park Woods - The Heronry and Violet Grove
  • Lion Wood
  • Marston Marsh
  • Mousehold Heath
  • Wensum Local Nature Reserve - Mile Cross Marsh and Sycamore Crescent Wood.

Marston Marsh

Marston Marsh

A location map and details of the nature reserves can be downloaded from the links below.

Location map
List of Local Nature Reserves


All the sites support a rich variety of habitats and associated wildlife. On the marshes, a wide range of flora including orchids, as well as water voles, grass snakes and wetland birds, such as snipe and lapwing, can be found. The woodland habitats are home to many birds, including green and greater-spotted woodpeckers. Lion Wood is particularly good for bluebells.

Supporting the Local Nature Reserves

There are friends groups for Lion Wood and Marston Marsh - for more information click here. The friends contact list can be downloaded below:

Friends contact list

For further information please contact green spaces.

t: 0344 980 3333

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