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Wildlife Sites and Nature Reserves in Scotland

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Silver Flowe National Nature Reserve (SNH)

Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, Scotland, UK

A mosaic of bogland plants, along with a notable range of butterflies and dragonflies, make this the most stunning upland…

Rockcliffe (NTS)

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 1RX

Pretty stretch of coastline, which is home to a variety of birds, flowers and butterflies.

Falls of Glomach (NTS)

Glen Elchaig, Ross-shire, Scotland, UK

One of the highest waterfalls in Britain (113m), set in a steep narrow cleft in remote country.

Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve (SNH)

Nr Lanark, Scotland, UK

Steep gorges have protected this rich mix of ash, oak and wych elm from felling and grazing. Carpets of bluebells and…

Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve (SNH)

Nr Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, UK

Rising above the heather moorland this reserve is important for its upland animals and plants, supporting species like…

Whitlaw Mosses National Nature Reserve (SNH)

Nr. Selkirk, Scotland, UK

These four wetland jewels include lichen rich willow scrub, sedge swamps, herb meadows and butterfly favoured grasslands.

Rothiemurchus Forest

By Aviemore, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK

Superb Caledonian pine forest with many miles of trails.

Glen Nant National Nature Reserve (SNH)

Nr Taynuilt, Argyll, Scotland, UK

The slopes of Glen Nant are cloaked in a rich mixed woodland. Some of the special plants to be found here are…

Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve (SWT)

Falls of Clyde, New Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB

A special reserve, with ancient woodland and a gorge through which the River Clyde flows over a series of four spectacular…

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St Cyrus National Nature Reserve (SNH)

St Cyrus, Montrose, Scotland, UK

A special reserve of sand dunes, heathland and cliffs, with many rare and unusual plants. Visitor centre and trails. 

Cragbank Wood

Nr Hawick, Scottish Borders, Scotland, UK

The largest area of ancient ash-elm-hazel woodland left in the Scottish Borders, the reserve has a rich variety of plants...

Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (SWT)

Handa Island, By Scourie, Sutherland, Scotland, UK

This spectacular island with one of the largest seabird colonies in north-west Europe offers a superb wildlife experience.

The Oa (RSPB)

Nr Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA42 7AU

The cliffs of this peninsula on the south of the island are a good place to see choughs, golden eagles, peregrines and…

Mersehead (RSPB)

Southwick, Dumfries, DG2 8AH

A beautiful reserve on the shore of the Solway, important for wintering wildfowl with barnacle geese and many ducks....

Isle of May Boat Trips

Anstruther, KY10 3AB

Wildlife boat trips to the fabulous Isle of May or fun trips along the East Neuk Coast.

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1 Silver Flowe National Nature Reserve (SNH) Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, Scotland, UK
2 Rockcliffe (NTS) Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 1RX
3 Falls of Glomach (NTS) Glen Elchaig, Ross-shire, Scotland, UK
4 Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve (SNH) Nr Lanark, Scotland, UK
5 Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve (SNH) Nr Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, UK
6 Whitlaw Mosses National Nature Reserve (SNH) Nr. Selkirk, Scotland, UK
7 Rothiemurchus Forest By Aviemore, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK
8 Glen Nant National Nature Reserve (SNH) Nr Taynuilt, Argyll, Scotland, UK
9 Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve (SWT) Falls of Clyde, New Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB 3 stars
10 St Cyrus National Nature Reserve (SNH) St Cyrus, Montrose, Scotland, UK
11 Cragbank Wood Nr Hawick, Scottish Borders, Scotland, UK
12 Handa Island Wildlife Reserve (SWT) Handa Island, By Scourie, Sutherland, Scotland, UK
13 The Oa (RSPB) Nr Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA42 7AU
14 Mersehead (RSPB) Southwick, Dumfries, DG2 8AH
15 Isle of May Boat Trips Anstruther, KY10 3AB

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