Nature Champions

The Nature Champions initiative encourages Members of the Scottish Parliament to champion threatened species and priority habitats, raising awareness and promoting action to restore and safeguard Scotland’s environment.

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Adder

Martin Whitfield MSP
  • Froglife

Alpine Blue Sow Thistle

Graeme Dey MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Arctic Birch

MSP
  • John Muir Trust

Ash

Graham Simpson MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Aspen

Ariane Burgess MSP
  • Trees for Life
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Azure Hawker

Evelyn Tweed MSP
  • British Dragonfly Society

Badger

Colin Smyth MSP
  • Scottish Badgers

Basking Shark

Stuart McMillan MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Bilberry Bumblebee

Graham Simpson MSP
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Black Grouse

MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Blanket Bogs

Fiona Hyslop MSP
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • CIEEM

Blue Whale

Kenneth Gibson MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Bog Sun-jumper Spider

Michelle Thomson MSP
  • Buglife

Bottlenose Dolphin

Douglas Ross MP MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Brown Long-eared Bat

Neil Gray MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Caledonian Pinewoods

Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP
  • Trees for Life
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Capercaillie

Emma Roddick MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Coastal Sand Dunes

MSP
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • Plantlife Scotland

Common Dolphin

Siobhian Brown MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Common Frog

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • National Trust for Scotland

Common Lizard

MSP
  • Froglife

Common Pipistrelle

Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Common Tern

Ben Macpherson MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Common Toad

MSP
  • Froglife

Corn Bunting

Maggie Chapman MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Corncrake

Kaukab Stewart MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Curlew

Jim Fairlie MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Daubenton’s Bat

MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Eurasian Beaver

Ariane Burgess MSP
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
  • Scottish Wild Beaver Group
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Flame Shell

MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Flapper Skate

Pauline McNeill MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Freshwater Pearl Mussel

Audrey Nicoll MSP
  • Buglife

Fulmar

Karen Adam MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Garden Tiger Moth

Ross Greer MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Sharon Dowey MSP
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • National Trust for Scotland

Golden Eagle

Christine Grahame MSP
  • John Muir Trust
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

Golden Plover

MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Great Crested Newt

Fulton MacGregor MSP
  • Froglife

Great Yellow Bumblebee

Alasdair Allan MSP
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Greenland White-fronted Goose

Jackie Baillie MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Grey Seal

Gillian Martin MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Harbour Porpoise

Paul O'Kane MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Harbour Seal

Gillian Mackay MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Heathland

MSP
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Hen Harrier

Elena Whitham MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

House Sparrow

Paul Sweeney MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Humpback Whale

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

Kelp Forests

Carol Mochan MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Kestrel

John Mason MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

Kingfisher

Christina McKelvie MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Kittiwake

Maurice Golden MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • RSPB Scotland

Lapwing

Richard Lochhead MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Large Heath butterfly

Sarah Boyack MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Leatherback Turtle

Brian Whittle MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Leisler’s Bat

MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Lesser Butterfly Orchid

Maree Todd MSP
  • John Muir Trust

Lowland Raised Bogs

Sue Webber MSP
  • Buglife

Machair

MSP
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Manx Shearwater

MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • RSPB Scotland

Maritime Cliffs and Slopes

Paul McLennan MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland

Medicinal Leech

MSP
  • Buglife

Merlin

Donald Cameron MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

Minke Whale

Jeremy Balfour MSP
  • Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Moss Carder Bee

MSP
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Nathusius’ Pipistrelle

Keith Brown MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Native Oyster Beds

Finlay Carson MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Natterer’s Bat

MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Natterjack Toad

Emma Harper MSP
  • Froglife

Noctule Bat

Miles Briggs MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Northern Brown Argus

MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Northern Damselfly

MSP
  • British Dragonfly Society

Northern Sea Fan

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

Palmate Newt

MSP
  • Froglife

Paths

Sandesh Gulhane MSP
  • Ramblers Scotland

Peregrine

Bob Doris MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

Pond Mud Snail

MSP
  • Buglife

Ponds and Small Lochs

Emma Harper MSP
  • Froglife

Puffin

Claire Baker MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Red Kite

Meghan Gallacher MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

Red Mason Bee

Patrick Harvie MSP
  • Buglife

Red Squirrel

Alexander Burnett MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Riparian Woodland

Rachael Hamilton MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Risso’s Dolphin

Neil Bibby MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Rivers

Colin Beattie MSP
  • Buglife

Road Verges

Mercedes Villalba MSP
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • Plantlife Scotland

Rusty Bog-moss

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Sandeel

Willie Rennie MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • RSPB Scotland

Scotland’s Rainforest

Jenni Minto MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Scottish Primrose

Liam McArthur MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Scottish Wildcat

Rhoda Grant MSP
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Scottish Wood Ant

MSP
  • Buglife
  • National Trust for Scotland

Sea Trout

Jackie Dunbar MSP
  • John Muir Trust
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Sei Whale

Kevin Stewart MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Short-eared Owl

MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

Slow Worm

MSP
  • Froglife

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Clare Adamson MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Smooth Newt

Jenny Gilruth MSP
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Soprano Pipistrelle

Foysol Choudhury MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Swift

Gordon MacDonald MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Traditional Orchards

MSP
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • National Trust for Scotland

Tree Lungwort

Katy Clark MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Twinflower

MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • Plantlife Scotland

Upland Birchwoods

Anas Sarwar MSP
  • John Muir Trust

Upland Flushes, Fens and Swamps

MSP
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
  • National Trust for Scotland

Urban Forest

Shona Robison MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Waxcap Grasslands

MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Whinchat

Willie Coffey MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

White-beaked Dolphin

Ash Regan MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

White-tailed Eagle

Mark Ruskell MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

Wood Pasture and Parkland

MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Woolly Willow

Graeme Dey MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • Plantlife Scotland

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