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The islands of the Hebrides are one of the wildest regions of the UK and support spectacular wildlife. Their seabird colonies are of international importance, including the massive gannetry of the dramatic St Kilda archipelago, while the unique machair habitat on the Atlantic coast is carpeted with wildflowers, an important breeding ground for waders such as redshank, lapwing and snipe. Corncrakes have their last British outpost here, their rasping call a distinctive feature of summer days and nights in the Outer Hebrides island chain from Barra to Lewis. The Inner Hebrides are much more mountainous, with some of the most ancient rock formations in Britain, thriving populations of seals and otters, plus two species of eagles. The many lochs, lochans and peatbogs provide a perfect habitat for breeding wildfowl and divers. During the summer months, basking sharks are a visible presence along the coast and large shoals of sharks may be seen from inter-island boats. Wildlife tourism is an important source of income for the people of the Hebrides, and boat trips to see the seabirds, sea eagles, otters and marine life are very popular during the summer months.



During July 2013 the BBC starts national transmission of the 4 part series Hebrides - Islands on the Edge on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC2. The series is narrated by Ewan McGregor and explores the Inner and Outer Hebrides through the seasons and showcases some of Scotland's most charismatic wildlife.


Coastal landscape, Lag Ma Leatha, Southwest Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Muñoz
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Muñoz / Coastal landscape, Lag Ma Leatha, Southwest Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2009
Corncrake {Crex crex} calling in meadow, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Corncrake {Crex crex} calling in meadow, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK.
Two European river otters (Lutra lutra) swimming in shallow water, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, December. Did you know? 12% of breeding otters in the UK live in the Shetland Isles. - Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / Two European river otters (Lutra lutra) swimming in shallow water, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, December. Did you know? 12% of breeding otters in the UK live in the Shetland Isles.
Old Man of Storr at dawn, Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, January 2011 - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Old Man of Storr at dawn, Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, January 2011
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, St Kilda, Scotland, May 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Green
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Green / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, St Kilda, Scotland, May 2009
Male Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle) displaying in early morning, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, April - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Male Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle) displaying in early morning, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, April
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stag, Isle of Rum, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, October - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) stag, Isle of Rum, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, October
Coastal landscape at sunset, near Elgol, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, October 2010. Did you know? Skye has good biodiversity for an island, with coastal, heather and highland ecologies. - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Coastal landscape at sunset, near Elgol, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, October 2010. Did you know? Skye has good biodiversity for an island, with coastal, heather and highland ecologies.
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) in flight over sea, St. Kilda Archipielago, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Muñoz
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Muñoz / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) in flight over sea, St. Kilda Archipielago, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2009
Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) with mouth wide open feeding on plankton concentrated in surface waters close to the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2011. 2020VISION Exhibition.... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) with mouth wide open feeding on plankton concentrated in surface waters close to the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2011. 2020VISION Exhibition....
RF- White tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) in flight, Portree, Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK. June. - Peter  Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / RF- White tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) in flight, Portree, Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK. June.
Border terrier ^Sula^ on foredeck of Sea Life Surveys vessel Sula Beag watching a Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) bow riding in the Sound of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July 2011 - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Border terrier ^Sula^ on foredeck of Sea Life Surveys vessel Sula Beag watching a Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) bow riding in the Sound of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July 2011
Tufts of seaweed growing on a shallow seabed, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Tufts of seaweed growing on a shallow seabed, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June
Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) breaching, near South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) breaching, near South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June
Young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) taking a curious peep out of the water, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) taking a curious peep out of the water, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July
Young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) resting on a bed of seaweed, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. 2020VISION Exhibition. 2020VISION Book Plate. - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) resting on a bed of seaweed, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. 2020VISION Exhibition. 2020VISION Book Plate.
European river otter (Lutra lutra) resting amongst the seaweed, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, December - Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / European river otter (Lutra lutra) resting amongst the seaweed, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, December
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) calling, Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles off Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) calling, Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles off Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, July
Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica) gathering around burrows on cliff top, Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK, June - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica) gathering around burrows on cliff top, Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK, June
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in flight, carrying sandeels. Inner Hebrides, Scotland. July - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in flight, carrying sandeels. Inner Hebrides, Scotland. July
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) with beak full of sand eels, Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles,  Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) with beak full of sand eels, Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in flight, coming in to land. Inner Hebrides, Scotland. July - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in flight, coming in to land. Inner Hebrides, Scotland. July
Arctic Tern {Sterna paradisaea} In flight, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Arctic Tern {Sterna paradisaea} In flight, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK.
Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) landing on a grassy cliff top. Monach Islands, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, May (non-ex) - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) landing on a grassy cliff top. Monach Islands, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, May (non-ex)
Stac Lee and Stac an Armin, home to Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colonies, St. Kilda Archipielago, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Muñoz
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Muñoz / Stac Lee and Stac an Armin, home to Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colonies, St. Kilda Archipielago, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2009
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) in flight in front of St. Kilda, St. Kilda Archipielago, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Muñoz
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Muñoz / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) in flight in front of St. Kilda, St. Kilda Archipielago, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2009
Young woman with binoculars round her neck watching a flock of Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) around the Island of Boreray, St. Kilda archipelago, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2011. Gannets p... - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Young woman with binoculars round her neck watching a flock of Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) around the Island of Boreray, St. Kilda archipelago, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June 2011. Gannets p...
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, The Flannans, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, July 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Green
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Green / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, The Flannans, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, July 2009
Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) and Common guillemots (Uria aalge) on rock face, The Flannans, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, July 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Green
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Green / Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) and Common guillemots (Uria aalge) on rock face, The Flannans, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, July 2009
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, The Flannans, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, July 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Green
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Green / Northern gannet (Morus bassanus) colony, The Flannans, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, July 2009
Greylag Goose (Anser anser) with goslings,~Isle of Rum NNR, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Greylag Goose (Anser anser) with goslings,~Isle of Rum NNR, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June
White tailed sea eagle fishing {Haliaeetus albicilla}, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK. Endangered species. Sequence 1/3 - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / White tailed sea eagle fishing {Haliaeetus albicilla}, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK. Endangered species. Sequence 1/3
Three European river otters (Lutra lutra) resting amongst seaweed, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, December - Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / Three European river otters (Lutra lutra) resting amongst seaweed, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, December
Two European river otters (Lutra lutra) fighting over a fish, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, December - Danny Green / 2020VISION
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Danny Green / 2020VISION / Two European river otters (Lutra lutra) fighting over a fish, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, December
European river otter {Lutra lutra} feeding on Short-spined scorpion fish, among seaweed, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / European river otter {Lutra lutra} feeding on Short-spined scorpion fish, among seaweed, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) surfing in a breaking wave, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) surfing in a breaking wave, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June
Atlantic grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) hauled out on rocks at the Cairns of Coll, with flipper in the air and eyes closed, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July 2011 - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Atlantic grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) hauled out on rocks at the Cairns of Coll, with flipper in the air and eyes closed, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July 2011
Common seal (Phoca vitulina) pup on exposed rocks at low tide, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, July - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Common seal (Phoca vitulina) pup on exposed rocks at low tide, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, July
Young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) exploring a seaweed garden in summer, Cairns Of Coll, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, North Atlantic Ocean, June - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) exploring a seaweed garden in summer, Cairns Of Coll, Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, North Atlantic Ocean, June
Colony of Grey seals (Halicoerus grypus) hauled out on shoreline, Monarch Isles, Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) Scotland. July 2009 - STEVE KNELL
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STEVE KNELL / Colony of Grey seals (Halicoerus grypus) hauled out on shoreline, Monarch Isles, Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) Scotland. July 2009
European river otter {Lutra lutra} among seaweed, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK - Paul Hobson
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Paul Hobson / European river otter {Lutra lutra} among seaweed, Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK
Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) disappears back into the blue in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. Did you know? Basking sharks are the second larges... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) disappears back into the blue in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. Did you know? Basking sharks are the second larges...
Rear view of Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. Did you know? The basking shark is the world's... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Rear view of Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. Did you know? The basking shark is the world's...
Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. 2020VISION Book Plate. Did you know? The largest Basking sha... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. 2020VISION Book Plate. Did you know? The largest Basking sha...
RF- Rear view of Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton, visible as white dots on water surface near island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK. June. - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / RF- Rear view of Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton, visible as white dots on water surface near island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK. June.
Dorsal fin of a Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) at the surface, Cairns of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. UK, June. - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Dorsal fin of a Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) at the surface, Cairns of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. UK, June.
School of Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) at the surface, feeding on zooplankton, Isle of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / School of Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) at the surface, feeding on zooplankton, Isle of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June.
Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) bow-riding, near South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June - Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) bow-riding, near South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June
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