Natural England celebrates new National Nature Reserve
Dovedale in the Peak District has been declared a National Nature Reserve. The declaration, which is the first to be launched by Natural England, was made in recognition of Dovedale's diverse flower-rich grassland, ash woodlands and fascinating rock formations.
Dovedale is visited by over a million people each year and it is also extremely important for wildlife. It supports a wide range of habitats typically found within the limestone dales of the Peak District and many of these are of national and European importance.
At the celebratory event held on Friday 13 October, Sir Martin Doughty, Chair of Natural England said: "Natural England is working for a secure environmental future. Bringing the natural world to people is an important part of our work.
"Declaring Dovedale a National Nature Reserve recognises how the National Trust will look after one of England's finest wildlife sites while helping people appreciate, understand and enjoy it."
Dovedale has been cared for by the National Trust since 1937. Fiona Reynolds, Director General of the National Trust, said: “At a time when reconnecting with our natural and cultural roots has never been more vital, the status of National Nature Reserve will help us to provide even greater opportunities for people to discover and enjoy what makes Dovedale special.”
National Nature reserves (NNRs) are established to protect the most important areas of wildlife habitat and geological formations in Britain and are carefully managed on behalf of the nation. There are 222 NNRs in England, but currently only 3 in Derbyshire.