Scottish wildlife species

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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.

Scotland is home to a wonderfully diverse range of species; from the bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth to the capercaillie of the central Highlands and the thousands of seals and puffins that inhabit our beautiful coastline. Find out a little more about Scotland’s wildlife - and your best chances of seeing its abundant marine life, birds and mammals.

  • A puffin perched on a cliff edge
    A puffin perched on a cliff edge
  • A red squirrel perched on a branch
    A red squirrel perched on a branch
  • A dolphin leaps out of the sea
    A breaching dolphin
A large bird or prey in flight preparing to land at its nest

Birds

With dozens of different bird species, you're sure to spot some of Scotland's thriving bird life, from puffins to golden eagles.

A red squirrel perched on a branch

Land animals

Discover more about Scotland’s land animals, including red squirrels, red deer, adders, pine martens and Scottish wildcats.

Four seals in a bay at the north end of the Isle of Jura

Sealife

With coasts to the north, east and west, Scotland is one of the best places to spot sealife in Europe.

A red deer roars as part of the annual autumn rut on the Isle of Rum

Red deer ruts

Watch some of our largest deer lock antlers in fiercesome head-to-head battles as part of the UK's most amazing wildlife spectacle.