We champion specific conservation action for a number of priority species.

These animals, plants and fungi have been selected because they fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Endemic species – they are found nowhere else in the world;
  • Keystone species – they are capable of modifying the habitats and ecosystems they are found in;
  • Indicator species – their population status tends to indicate the health of the wider habitat or ecosystem;
  • Flagship species – they act as an icon for their wider habitat or ecosystem;
  • Conservation action – we are taking targeted action on our wildlife reserves, or through wider partnership projects, to improve their status.

Find out which species are on the list…

Species profiles

For each of our priority species we have developed a more detailed species profile. These profiles provide more information on the ecology, latest distribution, population status, threats and management needs of the species. Examples of current conservation projects aimed at improving the health of the species are also described. The profiles give you pointers to where you are most likely to see these species on our wildlife reserves and some quick and interesting facts.

Please note: these documents are currently being refreshed. New species profiles will be added when a specific need is identified.


Aspen Dwarf birch Northern cranberry Small cow wheat
Atlantic puffin Eelgrasses Red squirrel Water vole
Brown hare Eurasian beaver Rusty bog moss Waxcaps
Cladonia lichens Golden eagle Scottish primrose Western featherwort
Common juniper Grass of Parnassus Scottish wildcat Wood ants
Common swift Northern colletes Sea trout Yellow rattle

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