Wildlife in the Scottish Borders

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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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With rolling hills, scenic valleys and dramatic coastlines the Scottish Borders are home to an abundance of wildlife species. Roam the many trails through picturesque reserves and coastal paths or enjoy the many wildlife activities on offer, including outdoor activities such as bird watching where you can spot ospreys, red grouse, woodpeckers and much more.

  • A red squirrel © Lorne Gill/Scottish Natural Heritage
    A red squirrel © Lorne Gill/Scottish Natural Heritage
  • A couple by Bowhill Loch in the grounds of Bowhill House, West of Selkirk.
    A couple by Bowhill Loch in the grounds of Bowhill House, West of Selkirk.
  • Two walkers on a slope above the harbour at St. Abbs
    Two walkers on a slope above the harbour at St. Abbs
  • A couple feed some ponies handfuls of grass, Scottish Borders
    A couple feed some ponies handfuls of grass, Scottish Borders
Sir Walter Scott's view looking west over the River Tweed towards Melrose

Finding wildlife

Explore the varied landscape and habitats of the Scottish Borders for the chance to spot a diverse range of species.

A couple enjoy the view towards the cliffs east of St Abbs Head

Birdwatching trips

Spot an impressive range of bird species in their natural surroundings.

A couple feed some ponies handfuls of grass, Scottish Borders

Wildlife attractions

Discover the range of wild attractions in the Scottish Borders, such as meeting the local deer or roaming the parks and gardens.

Two walkers on a slope above the harbour at St. Abbs

Hides and reserves

Explore the diverse scenery of the Scottish Borders as you discover the region’s flora and fauna in its natural surroundings. From dense woodland and mountainous landscapes to an extinct volcano, the region has many impressive natural sights.