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Watch this video and see some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.
Great Scottish wildlife

See some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.

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Discover a wonderful world of wildlife across Edinburgh & The Lothians from the surprising variety of wildlife to be found in the capital city itself and in the range of habitats across the region.

The bustling city of Edinburgh is peppered with green spaces that offer not only a pleasant escape but also a home to many different species of wildlife, including several not usually associated with an urban setting, such as otters and grey herons.

Elsewhere across the region, the variety of country parks and Local Nature Reserves provide good access to all manner of woodland wildlife, particularly those offering nature trails and ranger-led walks.

East Lothian in particular is a hotspot for birdwatchers, thanks to the large numbers of native and migrant species who visit, plus the massive seabird colonies found out on the islands of the Firth of Forth.

  • A large seabird flying over a large body of water
    A gannet flies close to the Bass Rock
  • Seagulls surrounding and covering the Bass Rock, East Lothian
    Bass Rock
  • a cluster of long-beaked balck and white plumed birds
    The oystercatcher (image courtesy of RSPB/ Andy Hay - rspb-images.com)
  • a bright green and orange, long-beaked bird sits on a branch
    The kingfisher (image courtesy of RSPB/ Mike Richards - rspb-images.com)
A red deer stag at Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow

Finding wildlife

Edinburgh & The Lothians is home to an amazing range of wildlife species including otters, rare birds and huge 'seabird cities'.

Boy playing with lemurs

Wildlife attractions

Across bustling city and tranquil countryside, there's a wealth of wildlife attractions to be found in Edinburgh & the Lothians.

Close up of a lare white seabird's head and beak


Explore the variety of birdwatching opportunities on the coast and inland across Edinburgh & The Lothians.

Bass Rock

Hides and reserves

Explore the rich variety of nature reserves and wildlife visitor centres found across Edinburgh & The Lothians.