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International designations

Scotland's protected areas include sites that rank amongst the best in the world.  International designations are generally made by the UK or Scottish Parliament, and endorsed by European or World authorities.  Some of these areas are simply recognised and badged as special places under various international Conventions and Treaties, while others require designation under national or European law.

Aerial of Monachs. ©John Love/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Natura sites

The Natura site network includes both SPAs and SACs, designated under the European Birds and Habitats Directives

Sandwich Terns (Sterna sandvicensis)nesting at Sands of Forvie 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

Special Protection Areas

Special Protection Areas are part of the Natura site network and are classified under the Birds Directive

View over Scots pines and Loch Maree. ©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

Special Areas of Conservation

Special Areas of Conservation are part of the Natura site network and are designated under the Habitats Directive

Machair at Gallanach on the Isle of Coll. ©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

Ramsar sites

Ramsar sites are classified under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance

Grey Seal. ©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

OSPAR sites

OSPAR represents an international commitment to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic

Lichen covered rocks on the shoreline at Taynish NNR and biosphere reserve. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Libary on tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Biosphere reserves

Biosphere reserves - providing models for how we live with nature and use resources for the well-being of people everywhere

Ross coral, St Kilda. ©Sue Scott/MNCR/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

World heritage sites

St Kilda, on the extreme western fringe of Europe, is Scotland's only natural World Heritage Site

Landscape at Forvie 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

Biogenetic reserves

Biogenetic reserves - accommodating biological research

Edmondston's Chickweed within Shetland Geopark. ©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

Geoparks

Geopark status is recognition of an area of outstanding geological heritage value, where this heritage value can benefit local people.



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