Number of reserves per local authority

Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves occur within 28 of 33 local authorities in Scotland. With 10 reserves, Fife is at the top of the list.

Did you know that 90% of the Scottish population live within ten miles of a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve?


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Size of Trust reserves

With a total area of over 17,000 hectares, our reserves vary greatly in size. Our largest reserve, Ben Mor Coigach, covers almost a third of our reserves’ area at 6,100 hectares!

DID YOU KNOW: Johnston Terrace Garden, the Trust’s smallest reserve, is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. At just 0.08 hectares, it is about the size of three tennis courts!

Reserves by designation

As well as being Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves, many of our reserves have other designations.


SSSI – a Site of Special Scientific Interest
SPA – a Special Protection Area
SAC – a Special Area of Conservation
Ramsar – a wetland site of international importance under the Ramsar Convention
WHS – a World Heritage Site
NSA – a National Scenic Area
NNR – a National Nature Reserve
LNR – a Local Nature Reserve


The two wordcloud illustrations below show the top 100 recorded species on the Trust’s reserves (top) and the protected species recorded on the reserves (bottom). The larger the font, the more frequent the species is recorded. Please note that these are based on available digital data collected on the reserves.

Top 100 wordcloud Protected species wordcloud




Mallard ducks
Mallard ducks are the most recorded species on Trust reserves. © Chris Maguire



Reed bunting © Amy Lewis
Reed buntings are the most recorded protected species on Trust reserves. © Amy Lewis

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