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Protected areas

Protected areas represent the very best of Scotland's landscapes, plants and animals, rocks, fossils and landforms.  Their protection and management will help to ensure that they remain in good health for all to enjoy, both now and for future generations.

They may be designated to meet the needs of international directives and treaties, national legislation and policies or more local needs and interests.

Find out how protected areas work.

Marram grass and sand dunes at Tentsmuir NNR.  ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Protected Areas A-Z

Browse our A-Z list of designation types.

Lochan and bogbean, South Uist, 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

International designations

Many sites in Scotland are recognised as internationally important with a variety of different designations

Summer.  Caledonian pines silhouetted against sunrise light on Loch Clair.  Beinn Eighe NNR. Wester Ross. ©John MacPherson/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

National designations

Nationally important designations include areas for nature conservation, special landscapes and more...

Visitors at the SWT Aberlady Bay LNR.  ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Local designations

Local natural heritage designations identify areas that are important to people, generally in a Council area.

Phd research student from Aberdeen University and her field assistant surveying a quadrat in Glen Tilt. Tayside and Clackmannanshire 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

Site condition monitoring

Knowledge about the condition of protected areas is essential to maintain their value into the future

1753-04.jpg (Scots pine regeneration at Rothiemurchus in the Cairngorms) landscape (gateway) - Scots pine regeneration at Rothiemurchus in the Cairngorms. © Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Managing Protected Areas

SRDP and Management Agreements

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

Harbour porpoise candidate SAC

Public consultation on a suite of possible SACs to protect harbour porpoise in Scotland.

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

2016-17 Marine bird pSPAs consultation

Public consultation on a suite of marine proposed SPAs to protect some of Scotland's most important coastal and offshore waters for marine birds.

Eelgrass (Zostera marina) - © Paul Kay. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Notices

News about formal changes and proposals to protected areas (SSSI, Natura sites and NNR)

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Nature conservation and other orders

Nature conservation and other orders


Related Links

Grants and funding

Grants and funding

Supporting beneficial management activities

Scotland's trends

Scotland's trends

Find out more about how Scotland's protected areas and species are changing over time.



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