Protected species A-Z guide
Protected areas can safeguard species, but some are so threatened or vulnerable that they need legal protection wherever they occur.
Explore our A–Z guide to read about Scotland’s hundreds of protected species, including our summaries of offences in relation to each.
Or view a table of protected species and the legislation that protects each of them.
Sensitive species of Scotland
Protected species that we deem ‘sensitive’ are those that are especially vulnerable to persecution or over-exploitation. We only ever publish imprecise details of their location (if known) to safeguard them from deliberate harm.
Our list of sensitive species is subject to change in line with changes in conservation status and developments in specialist knowledge.
Scottish Biodiversity List
The Scottish Biodiversity List is a list of species and habitats of particular importance for the conservation of biodiversity in Scotland.
As part of their Biodiversity Duty, public bodies in Scotland are required to further the conservation of biodiversity and in particular to consider those species on the Scottish Biodiversity List.
We also have the Scottish Biodiversity list associated documents.