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The beach and seaweed covered rocks with tourist boats moored in Village Bay, Hirta, St Kilda  İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Atlantic oak woodland, Taynish NNR, Argyll and Stirling Area. İLorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Loch Leven NNR from Benarty Hill İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

National Nature Reserves and other protected areas

There are several different laws protecting wildlife sites in Scotland. Much of the land within National Nature Reserves is also designated under national and international legislation which affords it protection.  For many reserves the land will have more than one designation on it.

There is an explanation of the different types of 'protected area' on the website of Scottish Natural Heritage.

If you would like to find out more about the protected areas associated with a particular reserve have a look at the designation page in the management section for each individual NNR.

Sites of Special Scientific Interest


The  Site of Special Scientific Interest is the foundation stone underpinning all sites in the network of protected sites in Great Britain. All National Nature Reserves are Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Natura 2000 - Europe's network of protected areas


Natura 2000 is the network of protected areas in Europe. There are two types of site in the network. Special Protection Areas  are designated because they are important sites for birds. Special Areas of Conservation are designated because they are important sites for habitats and species. Some sites important for both birds and habitats and species have both designations.

Of these

Other Protected Areas

Figures on this page are based on 47 NNRs and are correct as of May 2015.



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