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Protected species A-Z

There are 100s of protected species in Scotland ranging from plants and fungi to insects to mammals like the Scottish wildcat.

View the full list of protected species  PDF document  or click on the links below for more detailed guidance.

Sensitive species of Scotland

Some protected species found in Scotland are deemed 'sensitive' since they are particularly vulnerable to persecution or over-exploitation. Where we know their location we only publish imprecise details to safeguard them from deliberate harm.

Our list of Sensitive Species of Scotland  Excel spreadsheet   has been drawn up by our species experts and is subject to change according to conservation status and specialist knowledge.

We welcome your feedback  on this list.

Last updated on Wednesday 13th January 2016 at 14:26 PM. Click here to comment on this page