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Protecting Scotland's nature

The beach and seaweed covered rocks with tourist boats moored in Village Bay, Hirta, StKilda, Western Isles 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

Protected areas

Represent the best of Scotland's landscapes, plants and animals, rocks, fossils and landforms, and help ensure that they are protected and managed.

Brown Hare, (Lepus capensis). ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact Scottish Natural Heritage on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Protected species

Some animals and plants are so threatened by or vulnerable to activities that they need protection everywhere.

SNH logo for gateway items - SNH Logo for gate way pages on the web site. © /SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Species licensing

A licence allows somebody to carry out an action in relation to a protected species that might otherwise be against the law.

A young white-tailed eagle at the east of Scotland release site. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Species Action Framework

Find out more about this novel approach to species management which finished in March 2012. A conference will be held in November 2012.

Small pearl-bordered fritillary (Boleria selene) butterfly feedding on a Bugle flower. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Safeguarding biodiversity

Biodiversity is the natural capital which supports all our lives and is vital for our survival, for our country and our planet.

Dalradian Limestone, Weisdale, Shetland Mainland, Northern Isles 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

Safeguarding geodiversity

Geodiversity is the variety of rocks, minerals, fossils,landforms, sediments and soils together with the natural processes which forms and alter them.

New planting of gaps in an old hedge, Perthshire. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.org.uk

Looking after our landscapes

Looking after our landscapes is not about preserving all landscapes in their current form. Landscape change can be positive, if it is well planned and managed.

Tweedale. nr. Tweedsmuir. © Glyn Satterley/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.org.uk

Protecting nature outwith protected areas

Although protected areas play an important role in safeguarding important and vulnerable habitats and species, they cannot succeed in isolation.