Marine Biodiversity

The Highland coasline is incredibly diverse, with dramatic cliffs,  sandy beaches, wide firths, sea lochs and skerries. Its variety of form is reflected in its diversity of life.

You can help us to learn more about the Highland seashore by carrying out a survey - and you don't need to be an expert - common species are under recorded, but  are vital indicators of the state of our coast. To enter a record you need to know when and where you identified your find, but any other information you can add will be useful. 

You can find out more about recording and submitting records here.


SubseaTV created a new short film for the Highland Seashore Biodiversity Project with original score by talented musician and composer,Mairearad Green.  The narrative explores which sort of homes – and welcomes – we might find underwater.

Images by Andy, words by Jackie

With thanks to our partners: The Highland Seashore Biodiversity Project, Mairearad Green, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Highland Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund, and The Crown Estates.

Groups who are keen on marine

Caithness Biodiversity Group
The Caithness Biodiversity Group comprises of representatives from local groups with an interest in the countryside, representatives of larger environmental organisations and private individuals with knowledge or enthusiasm to contribute to the Caithness environment.

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve
It has numerous areas of high wildlife value such as the Muirtown Pools, a diverse set of habitats around a number of pools, which are partially connected to the sea. Habitats include salt marsh, fresh water marsh with reed beds, bog, scrub and wooded embankments.

Lochaber Natural History Society
The scope of the Society’s interests includes all aspects of biodiversity – fauna, flora and habitats, from mountain top to seabed – as well as geology and other aspects of natural history, with a particular emphasis on conservation.

Marine Conservation Society
We champion the need for marine wildlife protection, sustainable fisheries and clean seas and beaches. This year's Big Beach Clean-up with M&S is taking place between 22nd-28th April.

Moray Firth Partnership
Helps people and organisations find new ways to communicate and work together to keep the Moray Firth's natural, economic and social resources in good heart, now and for future generations.

Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Natural Heritage has a lead role in protecting Scotland's biodiversity through a variety of different ways like protecting special areas, species and habitats through legislation. SNH also gives guidance, advice, funding and publishes a number of helpful books and leaflets to help protect and manage the wider environment sustainably.

Skye and Lochalsh Environment Forum
Skye & Lochalsh Environment Forum (SLEF) is a partnership open to anyone with an interest in the natural and cultural habitats of the area.

The Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Group
The group aim is to advance the cause of biodiversity in Sutherland by, facilitating community participation in environmental projects.

Wester Ross Environment Network
WREN is an independent voluntary organisation made up of local people with a personal or professional  interest in the environment.

Seashore Diary

From the end of January 2016 the Highland Seashore Biodiversity Project will have completed it's brief of three years of project activities. With close to 8,000 beneficiaries, 90 Surveyors and over 100 Project Partners we can only say many thanks for an amazing three years full of beautiful beaches, awesome talent and a lot of enthusiasm and passion for our Highland Coasts.

HOWEVER this is just the start of something bigger, in some small way the project has contributed to an unstoppable force of communities taking their shore and owning it, caring for it and helping it. WE all have that in common, we all want the best for the shore for our future generations and for the species that depend on them.

The project will continue in terms of individual and group projects. The web site pages will continue and be added to. Jack Johnston, our education placement, is currently producing Seashore Resources for education and outdoor pursuits.

The Seashore Survey pages are there and ready for all survey entries and verifying and submission of those vital records are encouraged.

The Highland Council Countryside Ranger Service have all new kit and equipment to help them support local community groups who want their own mini seashore Roadshows, activities and Beach Combing events.

Local projects will be available for future activities and training events, just go to CoCoast, Moray Firth Partnership, Living Seas Project and Coigach and Assynt Living Landscapes project to see what they can offer.

Wild Lochaber will continue with shore and sea themed events, to mention just one local initiative that has determined that Seashore will feature in their yearly programme.

Therefore please keep contributing and use the project facebook site to expand our seashore community

Highland Environment Forum

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