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Species

Scotland's diverse habitats support thousands of species. Some live here all the time and others are visitors.  Some are large and well known like dolphins and pine trees; others are small and less well known like lichens and ants, whose beauty is often only revealed under a magnifying glass. Together they fill Scotland with colour, movement and sound and many also have an important role in keeping a clean and productive environment.

Learn more about the array of nature hosted by Scotland's landscape.

Kelp. ©/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Algae

From giant marine kelp forests to microscopic plankton, discover more about these immensely productive and important species.

Common Frog. ©Laurie Campbell/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Libary on tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Amphibians and reptiles

Find out how to tell the difference between a reptile and an amphibian, and learn more about these fascinating creatures.

Kittiwake on its nest, Isle of May NNR, Forth and Borders Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Birds

Discover why Scotland's bird are important and how you can get involved in their conservation.

A male Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) leaping up a waterfall, River Almond, Tayside and Clackmannanshire Area. ©Lorne Gill. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Fish

More than 160 species of fish occur in Scotland's lochs, rivers, firths and inshore waters. Learn more about the river running Atlantic salmon, mysterious eel and more.

Purple saxifrage, (Saxifraga oppositifolia). ©Lorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Flowering plants

Find out more about Scotland's many rare and beautiful plants, from our high mountain corries to our colourful coastal grasslands.

Ferns. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Ferns

There is much more to ferns than first meets the eye. Meet some old friends and get a glimpse of the more unusual.

Chanterelle fungi. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Fungi

More than just mushrooms, fungi tidy up litter, help plants grow and are responsible for many of our major medicines.

Green-veined White (Peiris napi) Butterfly resting on a Cuckoo Flower, Kinloch Woods, Isle of Rum NNR. ©Laurie Campbell/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the SNH Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Invertebrates

Discover a world of fascinating and varied invertebrate species inhabiting our land, rivers, lochs and seas.

Several pieces of map lichen completely covering a rock.. ©Lorne Gill/SNH.  For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Lichens

Scotland is home to a staggering variety of lichens. Find out what they are and how they add colour and texture to Scotland's landscape.

Pine Marten (Martes martes) © Lorne Gill/SNH__For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.org.uk

Mammals

Most of us know what they look like but find out more about the lives and conservation of our large and small mammals.

 Mosses. Loch Coulin. Beinn Eighe, NNR, Wester Ross.  ©Niall Benvie/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Mosses & liverworts

With nearly a thousand species carpeting our woodland and forming our peat, discover why Scotland is internationally important for these tiny plants.

Orange-tip butterfly._©Lorne Gill_For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.org.uk

Species sightings in your area

Use our interactive map to find out about species sightings recorded in your area.

Capercaillie at Spring Lek,  Glenmore NNR. ©Colin Leslie/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on tel. 01738 458541 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Recent species projects

Further information on recent species projects



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