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Marine Scotland Information
Web portal providing access to descriptions and information about the Scottish marine environment...

Scotland’s varied coasts
Our stunning coastline reflects contrasts in rock types, glacial inheritance and changing sea levels...

Walking Scotland's Coast
Walking round Scotland's coast one day at a time. The story of our journey walking round the beautiful Scottish coast...

Scotland's Beach Awards
Scotland’s 11,800km coastline boasts an impressive mix of stunning rural beaches, great for wildlife watching...

Scotland's magnificent seas
Scotland has an astonishing 10% of Europe’s coastline. Framed by myriad sea lochs, firths and islands...

The National Trust for Scotland
A vital conservation charity protecting Scotland's coast, wilderness, wildlife and countryside for the good of all. Funded largely by donations, membership is very affordable, comes with a raft of benefits and supports their work.

Coastal Regions of Scotland

South West
Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, Arran.

West
Argyll & Bute, Jura, Islay, Mull.

North
Highland, Skye, Outer Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland.

East & South East
Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus, Dundee, Fife, Lothian, Borders.

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Haven Holiday sites on the Scottish Coast

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RSS Marine Scotland
  • Recent Marine Scotland Science Publications 16th July 2020
    Marine Scotland Science, as a core Scottish Government (SG) Division, is working to support SG’s overall COVID-19 response. It also continues to sustain critical marine science delivery and has over the last month produced the following notable publications: Greathead, C., Magni, P., Vanaverbeke, J., Buhl-Mortensen, L., Janaz, U., Blomqvist, M., Craeymeersch, J., Dannheim, J., Darr,... […]
  • Why we publish our science 9th July 2020
    From Japanese sardines to the effects of mackerel grazing on plankton in New Zealand, Environment Monitoring and Assessment Programme Manager Dr Bill Turrell explains why a 25-year-old Marine Scotland Science paper on understanding mackerel in Scotland is still having an impact today. ***************************************************************************************** Recently a notification popped into my inbox which prompted me to write... […]
  • Vacancy: Fishery Officers, various locations, closing date 3 August 6th July 2020
    We are currently seeking applications for Fishery Officers within the Marine Scotland Compliance based in Ayr, Lerwick, Peterhead, Portree and other ports as yet unspecified. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below... […]
  • Plastic Bag Free Day 3rd July 2020
    Today is Plastic Bag Free Day, a global initiative that aims to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags. So, to acknowledge this day, we’d like to highlight some of the important work that we, in Marine Scotland, do to reduce the amount of plastic and marine litter from entering our amazing aquatic environment. Marine... […]
  • Vacancy: Renewables Science Projects Leader – closing date 5 August 1st July 2020
    We are currently seeking applications for a Renewables Science Projects Leader within Marine Scotland based in Aberdeen or Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments. The... […]
RSS Latest Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme News from SRUC
  • Grim find in whale’s stomach 4th December 2019
    Luskentyre Beach served as a stunning backdrop to a “horrific” discovery by the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS).
  • Teaming up to tackle entanglement 29th October 2019
    In the first workshop of its kind in Europe, creel fishermen and women from around Scotland gathered in the Highlands to tackle the problem of marine animal entanglement.
  • A third of UK marine animal strandings are on Scottish coasts 6th September 2019
    A total of 1,616 marine animals were reported washed up on Scottish shorelines in a seven-year period between 2011 and 2017, according to a new report published today.
  • Sea change in Scottish beach surveillance 26th July 2019
    Members of the public can now play a vital role in helping marine scientists gather data on animal strandings and the condition of Scotland’s beaches.
  • A celebration of citizen science 20th February 2019
    A celebration of citizen science following a year that saw more reportings of stranded marine life around Scotland’s coasts than ever before is to be held in the Highlands.
RSS Marine Scotland Information
  • MS Maps NMPi update - March 2020 6th March 2020
    Marine Scotland MAPS NMPi (National Marine Plan interactive) is Marine Scotland’s on-line planning portal making spatial data available to marine stakeholders in an easily accessible form to assist with the implementation of marine planning. Marine Scotland works with Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Marine Alliance for Science and […]
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