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Scottish Species Checklists

The first step in conserving any animal group is knowing what occurs in your area. The Scottish Invertebrate Species Knowledge Dossiers available here collate summary information for invertebrate groups known to occur in Scotland in a single place for the first time.

Invertebrates represent 98% of all species of plants and animals known to occur in Scotland. They provide many essential services, such as pollination (of crops and wild plants), soil and nutrient cycling, waste management, water purification, habitat management and, of course, the main food source for many birds and mammals. Therefore, it is essential that we work to conserve our Scottish invertebrates.

The first step in conserving any animal group is knowing what is present in the first place. While most invertebrates are under-recorded, collating the existing information allows us to identify knowledge gaps and target conservation action.

In many cases, we hold very little information about species present in Scotland. Pseuodoscoprions provide a good example of this. This dossier also highlights the possibility of an additional species occurring in Scotland - Microbisium brevifemoratum (a sphagnum bog specialist). In these cases we must address the skills gap and encourage recording before we can adequately assess conservation status.

The Scottish Invertebrates Species Knowledge Dossiers provide summaries of existing information for groups of invertebrates known to occur in Scotland. They are prepared by experts, and provide basic information such as checklists of species known to occur in Scotland, distribution data sources and identification resources. This is the first time this information has been made available in a single place for invertebrate groups in Scotland.

Please click on the appropriate download links to view the completed Scottish Invertebrate Species Knowledge Dossiers. Additional Scottish Invertebrate Species Knowledge Dossiers will be published here as they are completed, and ultimately aim to provide basic summary information for all groups of invertebrates known to occur in Scotland.

The Scottish Invertebrate Species Knowledge Dossiers contribute towards the implementation of the Strategy for Scottish Invertebrate Conservation, and is part of the Action for Scottish Invertebrates Project. This project is grant-aided by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and delivered on behalf of the Initiative for Scottish Invertebrates (ISI) by Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust.

 

 

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