Protecting Scotland's nature
Represent the best of Scotland's landscapes, plants and animals, rocks, fossils and landforms, and help ensure that they are protected and managed.
Some animals and plants are so threatened by or vulnerable to activities that they need protection everywhere.
A licence allows somebody to carry out an action in relation to a protected species that might otherwise be against the law.
Find out more about this novel approach to species management which finished in March 2012, and download the 2016 SAF Handbook.
These are species which would not naturally occur here and have been introduced sometimes causing major problems for our native species and habitats.
We can enrich biodiversity by bringing back species which have been lost to our countryside.
Here you will find the 'Beavers in Scotland' report and other information on beavers
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.
Geodiversity is the variety of rocks, minerals, fossils,landforms, sediments and soils together with the natural processes which forms and alter them.
Find out more about the habitats and species which we believe to be marine nature conservation priorities in Scotland's seas.
Although protected areas play an important role in safeguarding important and vulnerable habitats and species, they cannot succeed in isolation.