|leisure = nature_reserve
|A protected area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest.
|Rendering in OSM Carto
|Used on these elements
|Status: de facto
|Tools for this tag
A nature reserve is a protected area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest. In many of them the public is invited to visit in order to enjoy this features. Such areas are reserved and managed for conservation and to provide special opportunities for study or research. Nature reserves may be designated by government institutions in some countries, or by private landowners, such as charities and research institutions. They may offer amenities such as parking, restrooms, interpretive signage, guided tours and/or a visitor center. Human activity permitted in these areas is often limited to walking on designated foot paths.
- boundary=protected_area is a more recently introduced tag with a more verbose tagging scheme which can deal with all kind of protections and protection levels. It attempts to encompass both nature reserves and national parks, and is used more and more.
- boundary=national_park is a form of protected area. Like a nature reserve it is about protecting wildlife etc, and is normally designated by a government. The distinction is unclear and is under discussion, but some suggestions are: nature reserves are smaller areas than national parks. National parks are rather like administrative boundaries around large areas whereas nature reserves are more evident on-the-ground. National parks are often named "X national park", and are in some sense officially proclaimed a national park.
- boundary=forest: if a whole delimited forest is also a nature reserve, according to the "One feature, one OSM element", the approved tagging is boundary=forest + protect_class=*.