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These are part of what makes Scotland special and are among the country's greatest assets.

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seal with pup on the shore. Dog walker using lead passing at distance from behind.

Don't disturb seals resting on the shore

Disturbing seals can result in pups becoming separated from their mothers and?abandoned. Don't get too close, avoid sudden movements and?be quiet when watching seals.?#RespectProtectEnjoy

Find out more about enjoying Scotland's outdoors responsibly.

Guillemots (Uria aalge) on the Isle of May NNR. Forth Area ?Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Seabirds and shorebirds

Our rich seas and long coastline mean seabirds and shorebirds are a speciality. Scotland has many internationally important colonies.

Find out more about these fascinating birds.