Rossett Nature Reserve is a small site (1.75ha), featuring ponds, grassland and scrub. It is situated in south-west Harrogate, between the playing fields of adjacent schools, towards the edge of an extensive 1980s/90s housing development.
The Reserve was saved from development in the 1980s by the discovery of a breeding population of Great Crested Newts (GCN) at the site. The site is designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) on the basis of the importance of its amphibian populations, especially great crested newts.
In addition to its value for amphibians, it also has great value for environmental education in association with local schools and as semi-natural green space in a predominantly urban area. The site is now surrounded by housing, schools and employment uses but its semi-natural character has been retained and enhanced since 1995 through management to conserve the population of GCN.