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RSPB reserves and local economies

Our work shows the important impact our nature reserves have upon local economies as well as the health, educational and wellbeing benefits they offer for visitors

Local economics of conservation

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The RSPB has contributed to a growing body of evidence showing land managed with nature conservation at its core can form an integral part of sustainable local and regional economic growth.

Conservation and local employment

This report explores the benefits RSPB nature reserves and other conservation work have for local economies across the UK.

Using a number of case studies, the report estimates reserves support around 1,872 jobs in local communities. It also assesses the impact of nature on the UK economy and highlights recent trends in industries such as tourism.


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Every local community should have a Minsmere. The reserve attracts over 80,000 visitors a year, who spend an estimated £8 million locally, supporting 66 local jobs. In total, Minsmere reserve supports more than 100 jobs in surrounding communities.

In addition to giving nature a home and offering visitors the chance to connect with nature, the reserve is crucial to the local economy.