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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)

Local nature reserves locations


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.

Biodiversity Action Plan