Scottish Biodiversity Lists

Priority Conservation Species

Some animals and plants are protected by both international law and conventions, European Directives and UK/Scottish legislation. The UK List of Priority Species and Habitats contains 1150 species and 65 habitats that have been listed as priorities for conservation action under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP). There is an equivalent list for Scotland which is the definitive reference for all statutory and non-statutory bodies involved in operations that affect biodiversity in Scotland. Particular attention also has to paid to the species listed under the European legislation.

The complete list of species can be downloaded from the Scottish Government website.

The Marlin Life Information Network website (Marlin) has a list of marine species which are included in the Scottish Biodiversity List.

A descriptive catalogue of 81 Priority Marine Features (PMFs) that have been identified in the seas around Scotland is available from Scottish Natural Heritage. It includes descriptions for each PMF (including component habitats and species where appropriate) comprise an image, distribution map and short text outlining the characteristics, distribution and status of the species or habitat

To make the Scottish Biodiversity List more accessible it has been divided into the main groups of animals, plants and fungi and includes links to the National Biodiversity Network distribution maps. The lists for mammals, reptile, amphibians, fish and Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants and sawflies) are also available on the Outer Hebrides Fauna website.

SBL species