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.
From giant marine kelp forests to microscopic plankton, discover more about these immensely productive and important species.
Find out how to tell the difference between a reptile and an amphibian, and learn more about these fascinating creatures.
Discover why Scotland's bird are important and how you can get involved in their conservation.
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.
Find out more about Scotland's many rare and beautiful plants, from our high mountain corries to our colourful coastal grasslands.
There is much more to ferns than first meets the eye. Meet some old friends and get a glimpse of the more unusual.
More than just mushrooms, fungi tidy up litter, help plants grow and are responsible for many of our major medicines.
Discover a world of fascinating and varied invertebrate species inhabiting our land, rivers, lochs and seas.
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.
Most of us know what they look like but find out more about the lives and conservation of our large and small mammals.
With nearly a thousand species carpeting our woodland and forming our peat, discover why Scotland is internationally important for these tiny plants.
Use our interactive map to find out about species sightings recorded in your area.
Further information on recent species projects
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