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Birds

Perched on Europe's edge, and surrounded by food-rich seas and shores, Scotland is an essential filling station for migrating birds, a safe winter haven for ducks, geese and shorebirds, and the ideal summer home for nesting seabirds. If you've never or visited one of Scotland's big 'seabird cities' in summer, or seen the huge flocks of geese at Caerlaverock or on Islay, prepare to be amazed! Scotland has over 140 sites so important for birds that they are protected by international designations.

Bridled Guillemot, with fish (probably Norway Pout) at Compass Head seabird colony. İGlen Tyler/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Scotland's birds

Find out what's special and how you can get involved.

Crested tit. İ Sam Cairns. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Woodland birds

Scotland's woodland support many important birds such as crested tits and capercaillie.

Curlew in long grass. İLorne Gill/SNH.For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Upland birds

Our uplands echo with the sound of waders and are home to many birds of prey.

Red-throated diver on lochan. İBob Furness/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Freshwater birds

Find out about the spectacular Osprey and other birds that rely on Scotland's freshwater habitats.

Corncrake (Crex crex). İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Lowland and farmland birds

Ground nesting skylarks and grazing geese all have to live along side us.

Puffin with a beakful of sandeels, Isle of May NNR.  İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Seabirds and shorebirds

One of Scotland's specialities! Our rich seas and long coastline are home to internationally important colonies.

Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) perching on a lichen covered branch. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Urban birds

There's a lot to discover right on your doorstep!


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