What Does It Mean For Us To Be A Local Nature Reserve?
Shropshire Council, together with Natural England and the LLIMEYS has declared the Heritage Area as a LOCAL NATURE RESERVE (LNR). The Council issued a press release on 28 September in the Oswestry & Border Counties Advertiser.
As an LNR it will protect the site and its habitats so that local wildlife and the community will be able to continue to use and enjoy the area for generations to come. The recent (and ongoing) pandemic has shown how important the area is to locals and visitors from outside the area. The numbers of people visiting the area has increased dramatically, at weekends this can mean for a very busy car park!
A Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a designation for nature reserves in Great Britain. It is a statutory designation made under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.
LNR’s are places with flora and fauna or geological features that are of special interest locally.
They offer people opportunities to study, learn about nature or simply to enjoy it. They range from windswept coastal headlands, ancient woodlands and flower-rich meadows to former inner city railways, long abandoned landfill sites and industrial areas now re-colonised by wildlife.
They are an impressive natural resource which makes an important contribution to the UK’s biodiversity.
The quarry area of the Limeworks is already a Nature Reserve managed by Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trusts. The focus for the LNR is on the lower area and encompasses the buildings, tramways, woods and meadows.
Management of the LNR is the responsibility of Shropshire Council, who own the freehold for the site, but as a community, we will share the opportunity to help look after the site.
The area shown in red below is the boundary of the LNR
Local authorities can run LNRs independently or can involve:
- ‘Friends of’ community groups, (such as the LLIMEYS)
- Wildlife trusts and other recognised conservation bodies
- Site-based rangers
- Local school children
- Natural England (who can give advice)
LNRs should be publicly accessible where visitors would not damage or disturb wildlife. Access may be restricted to some areas if visitors could cause damage to the natural environment, unless there are statutory access rights.
Local authorities and town and parish councils can create LNR bye-laws.
Bye-laws can help stop people damaging our LNR, for example prevent visitors walking into areas where they could harm wildlife. But before bye-laws are created other ways should be explored to keep our LNR safe and its wildlife protected. People may be fined if they break LNR bye-laws.
Bye-laws can only be enforced within the LNR. They must not replicate existing laws and the LNR must be formally declared to Natural England or the bye-laws will be invalid.
Dog control orders may also be put in place to:
• Ban or restrict the number of dogs
• Make visitors clear up their dog mess
• Keep dogs on leads
An Introduction To Our Site
The Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area is a site steeped in history spanning both sides of the English / Welsh border. 19th century Industrial archaeology has been preserved and interpreted and can be found within managed woodlands and meadows showing a diversity of flora and fauna together with views across the wider Shropshire countryside.
The area is managed by a number of stakeholders including Shropshire Council, Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trusts on either side of the Welsh/English border. We have a nationally significant ‘industrial production line in the landscape’ together with a rich history dating back to the Bronze Age.
As one of only three remaining Hoffmann Kilns in the country and the only one with the chimney still intact, this is a nationally significant industrial heritage area. The site forms part of the ‘Limeworks’ landscape, from rock extraction on the high cliffs of Llanymynech Rocks, down the inclined planes through to the kilns and beyond, transporting the finished ‘quicklime’ via the railway and local transport. The Montgomery Canal and Railway were also used to transport the limestone rock.
(One of many metal sculptures around the Heritage Area)
This area was a major centre of the lime industry until the beginning of the 1900s, and retains a number of important features of industrial archaeology. The impressive 42.5 metre high chimney of the Hoffmann Kiln dominates the view, and provides visitors with a focal point within a varied site.
Fascinating Circular walks (30 mins – 2 hrs) take you past impressive lime kilns, through woodland, along canals and disused railways, and across grazed pasture with views of Llanymynech Rocks where you will find areas managed by the Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trusts. There are interpretation panels and specially commissioned sculptures along the way.
The Education Room in the former stable block is available for group hire. Bookings can be made on 01691 839147 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is an education pack available on our web site and for more information about the Heritage Area visit our web site www.llanylime.co.uk.
There is also a small Visitor Centre beside the Canal where you can take a ride on the Montgomery Canal in the George Watson Buck.