Hen harrier Circus cyaneus, adult female, Scotland ©Mark Hamblin/2020VISION. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Upland birds

Our uplands echo with the sound of waders and are home to many birds of prey, plus rare breeding species.

Scotland’s extensive areas of uplands and moorlands support hen harrier, merlin and even the iconic golden eagle.

Parts of Scotland’s uplands are also of international importance for their concentrations of breeding waders, including golden plover and greenshank.

Our highest mountains are home to rare breeding species such as dotterel and snow bunting.

Various common and widely distributed species are found across our uplands and moorlands. These include:

  • meadow pipit
  • skylark
  • northern wheatear
  • stonechat
  • twite