Although protected areas can safeguard species within their boundaries, some animals and plants are so threatened or vulnerable that they need legal protection wherever they occur.
Scottish Natural Heritage's primary responsibility with protected species is through the licensing of activities that would otherwise constitute an offence. The licensing system is part of a legal framework in order to reduce wildlife crime. It is everyone's responsibility to act within the law.
Find protected species guidance using our A - Z listing.
Find out which species are protected and what that protection means.
Scotland's wildlife is protected under five main pieces of legislation.
If you think that an activity you wish to undertake might affect a protected species and commit an offence then you may need a licence.
Wildlife crime has the potential to damage and destroy some of our most important natural assets and we are committed to combating it.
Species projects funded by Life+ the European Unions fund for environmental and nature projects
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