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

MSP
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Arctic Birch

MSP
  • John Muir Trust

Ash

Graham Simpson MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Aspen

Ariane Burgess MSP
  • Trees for Life
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Atlantic salmon

MSP
  • John Muir Trust
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

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 Bog

MSP
  • CIEEM

Blue whale

Kenneth Gibson MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Bog sun-jumper spider

Michelle Thomson MSP
  • Buglife

Bottlenose dolphin

MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Brown hare

MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Brown Long-Eared Bat

Neil Gray MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Caledonian pine wood

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

Capercaillie

Emma Roddick MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Common dolphin

MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Common lizard

MSP
  • Froglife

Common Pipistrelle

MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Common tern

Ben Macpherson MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Common toad

MSP
  • Froglife

Corn Bunting

Maggie Chapman MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Corncrake

MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Curlew

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

MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Forester moth

MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Fulmar

Karen Adam MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Garden tiger moth

Ross Greer MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Gardens and designed landscapes

MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland

Golden eagle

Lorna Slater MSP
  • John Muir Trust
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

Golden plover

MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Great crested newt

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

Hedgehog

MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Hen harrier

Elena Whitham MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

House sparrow

MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Humpback whale

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

Juniper

MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Kelp forest

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

MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • RSPB Scotland

Lapwing

MSP
  • RSPB Scotland

Large Heath butterfly

MSP
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Leatherback turtle

MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Leisler’s bat

MSP
  • Bat Conservation Trust

Lesser Butterfly Orchid

Maree Todd MSP
  • John Muir Trust

Lowland calcareous grassland

MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Lowland raised bog

MSP
  • Buglife

Machair

MSP
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Manx shearwater

MSP
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • RSPB Scotland

Maritime cliff and slope

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

Mountain everlasting

MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Nathusius pipistrelle

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 Dragonflies

Northern sea fan

MSP
  • Marine Conservation Society

Oak

Monica Lennon MSP
  • Woodland Trust Scotland

Oceanic Heath

MSP
  • Plantlife Scotland

Open mosaic habitats

MSP
  • Buglife

Orca

Beatrice Wishart MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Otter

MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Palmate newt

MSP
  • Froglife

Paths

Sandesh Gulhane MSP
  • Ramblers Scotland

Peregrine

Bob Doris MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group

Pine marten

MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

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

MSP
  • Buglife

Road verges

Mercedes Villalba MSP
  • 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

MSP
  • John Muir Trust
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Seagrass

MSP
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust

Sei whale

MSP
  • Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Short-eared owl

MSP
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Scottish Raptor Study Group