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Protected mammal species in Scotland

There are 31 native terrestrial mammal species, and at least another 25 marine mammals that have been recorded in Scotland.  Many of the more common species do not receive specific legal protection, but there are still laws that protect them against cruelty or exploitation.

However, many species of mammal found in Scotland receive specific protection because they are rare, vulnerable to disturbance or have a history of persecution.  Click on the links below to find out more about these species and how they are protected.

Badger (Meles meles) emerging from hedge.
©Laurie Campbell/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Badgers

How badgers are protected.

Leisler's bat (Nyctalus leisleri). ©John Haddow/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Bats

About bats and how they are protected.

Red Deer stag on Rum NNR. ©Laurie Campbell/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Deer

Find out more about how deer are protected.

Whale. ©Laurie Campbell/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Dolphins, whales and porpoises

How the law protects dolphins, whales and porpoises.

Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) in its winter coat. ©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

Hares

Find out more about how hares are protected.

Captive European Otter (Lutra lutra) Highland Wildlife Park. ©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

Otters

Otters are protected as European Protected Species.

Pine Marten. ©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

Pine marten

How are pine martens protected?

Common seal (Phoca vitulina) resting on rocks at low tide. ©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

Seals

Common and grey seals are protected under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010.

Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris). ©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

Squirrels

Our native red squirrels are specially protected. Grey squirrels are not native to Scotland.

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

Shrews and voles

Find out more about how shrews and voles are protected.

Captive Scottish Wildcat (Felix sylvestris) at the Highland Wildlife Park.  ©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

Wildcat

The Scottish wildcat is a European protected species.



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