Nature reserves lie at the heart of the Trust's existence. Their creation over the last half century has been the impassioned response of people determined to save the very best wild places from the onslaughts of change. The industrialisation of agriculture, development sprawl and even neglect have altered our landscape dramatically; silencing birdsong and wiping out the subtle colours and patterns of nature over much of our county.
Today the Trust continues to acquire nature reserves when opportunities arise. 'Think big' is our guiding principle, so we aim to enlarge existing ones rather than seek out small, isolated pockets of nature.
Most of the nature reserves are freely accessible; restrictions apply to a few. Details of each nature reserve are found in Explore our nature reserves.