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.