Fossil bearing rocks on the shore at Waterloo near Broadford, Isle of Skye. June 2015 ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Pressures on fossils

Fossils provide an invaluable insight into the past – but irresponsible collecting threatens our fossil resource.

All fossil collectors should follow the Scottish Fossil Code.

Fossils are an irreplaceable resource, which can tell us much about animal life and environments in Scotland’s past.

Fossil collecting is also an exciting and rewarding hobby enjoyed by many. But irresponsible collecting and lack of care by some collectors can threaten the destruction of this resource at certain vulnerable sites.

Find out more about fossils in Scotland.