Scotland's marine environment is exceptional and diverse. Over 18,000km of coastline, more than 900 islands, and around 61% of the UK's seas support more than 6,500 species of animals and plants.

Wildlife categories


Scotland is internationally important for seabirds, with more than 5 million breeding here each year. Find out more about Scottish seabirds by following the links below:


A huge variety of bird species can be seen and heard along the Scottish shoreline all year round. Discover some of the most commonly spotted species by clicking on the links below:

Marine Mammals

More than 20 cetacean species can be spotted in Scottish waters, making it one of the best places in the world to see whales, dolphins, and porpoises. It's also a great place to look for seals, with 2 species frequently spotted around the Scottish coast. Find out more about marine mammals in Scotland by clicking on the links below:

Coastal animals

The rocky shore is alive with a rich variety of wild animals if you know where to look. Find out more about some of the species you might see by following the links below:

Coastal plants