Wildlife Watching Calendar

Throughout the year, Scotland is a great place to watch wildlife. Below are some of the most popular species and the best times to see them.

Mammals | Birds of Prey | Inland Birds | Seabirds | Wading & Ground-Nesting Birds | Fish | Plants & Habitats

MAMMALS Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Bottlenose dolphin
Common dolphin
Common seal
Grey seal
Harbour porpoise
Minke whale
Otter
Pine marten
Red deer
Red deer rut
Red squirrel
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Wildcat
BIRDS OF PREY Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Common buzzard
Golden eagle
Osprey
Peregrine falcon
Red kite
White-tailed eagle
SEABIRDS Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Gannet
Great skua
Guillemot
Puffin
Razorbill
INLAND BIRDS Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Black grouse
Capercaillie
Chough
Crested tit
Ptarmigan
Red grouse
Scottish crossbill
Snow bunting
WADING & GROUND NESTING BIRDS Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Corncrake
Dotterel
Greylag goose
Oystercatcher
Pink-footed goose
Red-necked phalarope
Red-throated diver
FISH Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Atlantic salmon
Basking shark
PLANTS Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Bell heather
Bluebells
Machair
Scottish primrose