Species Champions

Species Champion asks Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to lend political support to the protection of Scotland's threatened wildlife by becoming 'Species Champions.'

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Alder

Rachael Hamilton MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Alpine Blue Sow Thistle

Graeme Dey MSP
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Arran Whitebeam

Maurice Golden MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Ash

Ash Denham MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Aspen

John Finnie MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Atlantic salmon

Michelle Ballantyne MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland

Badger

Colin Smyth MSP
  • Scottish Badgers

Basking shark

Stuart McMillan MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Bearberry

Ruth Davidson MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Bilberry bumblebee

Graham Simpson MSP
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Birch

Clare Haughey MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Black grouse

Ken Macintosh MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Blue whale

Kenneth Gibson MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Bog sun-jumper spider

Angus MacDonald MSP
  • Buglife

Bordered brown lacewing

Daniel Johnson MSP
  • Buglife

Bottlenose dolphin

Peter Chapman MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Brown hare

Alison Johnstone MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Brown long-eared bat

James Kelly MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Capercaillie

Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Common blue

Richard Lyle MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Common dolphin

James Dornan MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Common lizard

David Torrance MSP
  • Froglife

Common pipistrelle

Annie Wells MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Common tern

Ben Macpherson MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Common toad

Mary Fee MSP
  • Froglife

Corn bunting

Dean Lockhart MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Corncrake

Michael Russell MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Curlew

Lewis Macdonald MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Daubenton’s bat

Annabelle Ewing MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Elm

Joe FitzPatrick MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Eurasian Beaver

John Finnie MSP
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
  • Scottish Wild Beaver Group
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Flame shell

Maree Todd MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Forester moth

Claudia Beamish MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Freshwater pearl mussel

Alexander Burnett MSP
  • Buglife

Garden bumblebee

Colin Beattie MSP
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Garden tiger moth

Rona Mackay MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Golden eagle

Andy Wightman MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Golden plover

Edward Mountain MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Grayling butterfly

John Scott MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Great crested newt

Mark Griffin MSP
  • Froglife

Great yellow bumblebee

David Stewart MSP
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Grey seal

GillIan Martin MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Harbour porpoise

Maureen Watt MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Harbour seal

Alexander Stewart MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Hazel

Adam Tomkins MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Hedgehog

Ruth Maguire MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Hen harrier

Mairi Gougeon MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Holly

Graham Simpson MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

House sparrow

Christine Grahame MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Humpback whale

Richard Leonard MSP
  • Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Juniper

Murdo Fraser MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Kestrel

John Mason MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Kingfisher

Sandra White MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Kittiwake

Gordon Lindhurst MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • RSPB Scotland

Lapwing

Johann Lamont MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Large Heath butterfly

Aileen Campbell MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Leatherback turtle

Brian Whittle MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Leisler’s bat

Finlay Carson MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Lion’s mane jellyfish

Tom Arthur MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Manx shearwater

Alasdair Allan MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • RSPB Scotland

Merlin

Donald Cameron MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Minke whale

Richard Lochhead MSP
  • Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Mountain everlasting

Andy Wightman MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Narrow headed ant

Alex Rowley MSP
  • Buglife

Nathusius pipistrelle

Willie Rennie MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Natterer’s bat

Fulton MacGregor MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Natterjack toad

Emma Harper MSP
  • Froglife

Noctule bat

Neil Findlay MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Northern brown argus

Jenny Marra MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Northern damselfly

Tom Mason MSP
  • British Dragonflies
  • Buglife

Northern sea fan

Anas Sarwar MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Oak

Monica Lennon MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Orca

Beatrice Wishart MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Otter

Kate Forbes MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Peregrine

Bob Doris MSP
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

Pine marten

Jamie Hepburn MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Pond mud snail

Alison Harris MSP
  • Buglife

Puffin

Claire Baker MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Red kite

BIll Kidd MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Red mason bee

Patrick Harvie MSP
  • Buglife

Red squirrel

Gail Ross MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Risso’s dolphin

Neil Bibby MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Rowan

Jenny Gilruth MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Rusty Bog-moss

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Scots Pine

Joan McAlpine MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Scottish primrose

Liam McArthur MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Scottish wildcat

Rhoda Grant MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Sea Trout

Pauline McNeill MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Seagrass

Gail Ross MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Sei whale

Kevin Stewart MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Short-eared owl

Iain Gray MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Slender scotch burnet moth

Liz Smith MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Slow worm

Bruce Crawford MSP
  • Froglife

Small blue

Ross Greer MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Small copper

Elaine Smith MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Small pearl bordered fritillary

Clare Adamson MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Small skipper

Sarah Boyack MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Smooth newt

Jackie Baillie MSP
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Soprano pipistrelle

George Adam MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Spiny lobster

Stewart Stevenson MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Sticky catchfly

Keith Brown MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Swift

Jeremy Balfour MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Tree lungwort

Maurice Corry MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Twinflower

Bill Bowman MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Water vole

Miles Briggs MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

White beaked dolphin

Christina McKelvie MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

White tailed eagle

Mark Ruskell MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Wild cherry

Shona Robison MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Wilson’s filmy fern

Jamie Greene MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Woolly willow

Graeme Dey MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • Plantlife Scotland

Yew

GillIan Martin MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

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