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Biodiversity - life on earth

Burrowing anemone in maerl, Sound of Arisaig İSNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

What is Biodiversity?

Put simply, biodiversity is the variety of life but what does this broad term cover?

Sea Anemones (Sagaria elegans) and Starfish in the seas off  St.Kilda, Western Isles. İSue Scott/SNH-MNCR. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Why is Biodiversity important?

Biodiversity sustains our lives and prosperity and is essential for our health and wellbeing.

Heather Moorland near Amulree, Perthshire. İ Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Biodiversity in Scotland

Scotland is a special place for biodiversity with varied landscapes and clean seas rich in species.

Maree-D12421.jpg (Stormy weather over Loch Maree) (gateway) - Stormy weather over Loch Maree, West Highland 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

Key pressures on biodiversity

Biodiversity needs our help as species strive to survive climate change, pollution, invasive species and over-exploitation.