Biodiversity in Nottingham City

Biodiversity means all of the diversity of life on Earth. It includes all forms of life such as plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms, as well as the habitats and ecosystems in which they live and interact.

The city has over 400 hectares of natural and semi-natural open spaces, also extensive green spaces, many of which are accessible to the public and free to enjoy, such as:

  • Nature reserves,
  • Woodlands,
  • River corridors
  • Post-industrial land,
  • Parks, Playgrounds, Sports grounds,
  • Cemeteries,
  • Amenity areas
  • Incidental spaces that form important linking corridors or steppingstones for wildlife as well as providing a valuable resource for our human residents and visitors.

Nottingham has wildlife sites specifically designated for their nature conservation value, designations that help to protect some of our most highly valued and significant natural spaces. Nottingham also plays host to lots of interesting animals including several species of bat, badgers, water voles and birds.

Within the city boundary there are:

  • More than 60 biological and 18 geological Local Wildlife Sites (LWS)
  • 14 Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) with more on the way
  • 3 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs)

Nottingham City Council is a member of Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group. A local strategic group that works together to protect and enhance wildlife locally and deliver the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Plan.

You can find out more about Biodiversity by visiting the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group Website.

Nottingham City Council is in partnership with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust which works with local people to undertake vital habitat creation and management works throughout the city.

The wildlife trust manages many of the Council's wildlife sites under a management agreement and using local volunteers to help out with essential tasks such as scrub management, gardening, litter picks and floral surveys.

You can find out more about the wildlife, nature and conservation areas in Nottingham by visiting the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Website

If you would like to get involved with helping out to maintain your local wildlife site, then please get in touch with the Nottingham Green Guardians at or Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust at

Nottingham City Council's Woodthorpe Nursery has been producing award-winning displays for more than 20 years, with a string of Gold medals and the accolade of 'Champion of Champions' from RHS Britain in Bloom.

Our renowned displays, plants and services are now available to other local authorities and corporate customers. We pride ourselves on attention to detail, excellent quality and first-rate customer service.

We are uniquely placed to provide a complete service from concept through to delivery. Our prices are competitive, realistic and affordable. We understand the financial pressures faced by clients and will work within your budget.

Our experienced team would be pleased to welcome you to our high-tech glasshouse to discuss your unique requirements. Our range of products and services includes:

For further information, please call Horticultural Service Manager Dave Stretton on 0115 9150074 or email

Please visit our website:Woodthorpe Park Plant Nursery Shop

Nottingham City Council made Nottingham a Bee Friendly city through various campaigns and schemes to protect bee population and to be a more pollinator-friendly city. This was done through planting pollinator-friendly plants and making changes to the way we manage our open spaces. We continue to help our wild and domestic bees and provide more flowers for foraging and more habitat for nest sites. 

More information about bees and why we need them visit the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Visit Nottingham Castle page to see their part in Bee Friendly Nottingham - Nottingham Castle the place to bee

Nature conservation

The principal function of Nottinghamshire Biological and Geological Record Centre is to map sites for Nature Conservation (SINCs) for the SINC Panel.

Another function is to map protected species and periodically to carry out whole county phase 1 surveys. Download our flyers and leaflets for more information by clicking below.

Please contact us for all enquiries relating to the Nottinghamshire Biological and Geological Record Centre by clicking button below.

Address: (NBGRC) Courtyard Building, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
Telephone - 0115 876 2188
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Contact Us

Parks and Open Spaces
Woodthorpe Grange
Woodthorpe Drive


Tel: 0115 915 2733

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