Nature Reserves

Nature Reserves are for both people and wildlife.

They are areas of special local interest for their biodiversity, geology or landscape features and have been legally designated as Local Nature Reserves under the 1948 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act.

By making an area a Nature Reserve, we are sending a clear signal to the local community of Wigan's commitment to nature conservation and protection.

The Flashes of Wigan and Leigh National Nature Reserves

The Flashes of Wigan and Leigh NNR is a cluster of post-industrial coal-mining subsidence flashes and their associated habitats that have over the past 50 years transformed from derelict colliery spoil heaps and polluted open water sites to a landscape rich in biodiversity on the doorstep to millions of people.

If you would like to know more about the wildlife or rich history of these areas, visit Wigan and Leigh National Nature Reserves (external link).

Local Nature Reserves in Wigan

There are also three Local Nature Reserves in Wigan, so why not take a walk to your 'local' and discover a range of opportunities to explore and have fun.

Community opportunities

We know that every day contact with the natural environment enhances people's wellbeing and quality of life. Providing local nature reserves helps to engage people with nature, increasing their awareness of native wildlife habitats and offering an ideal place to learn about and enjoy the countryside.

Because of this, Wigan Council are offering the local community a range of opportunities to get involved in the future management of all our Nature Reserves, including joining in with local meetings, volunteering for practical work or contributing towards local heritage research.

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