Scottish Native Wildlife
What does native mean?
Native means something that comes from a certain place. This could be a person, plant or an animal. A 'Scottish native' is a plant or an animal that lives or grows in Scotland and has not been brought from somewhere else. Native animals live in the wild. Animals like farm animals or pets do not count as native animals though and we would call them domestic animals.
Can you think of any native animals or plants?
Why is it important to look after them?
Lots of our native wildlife is under threat. It is important that we look after and protect our native wildlife so that it is there in the future. When an animal is threatened and there aren’t very many of them left, we can say that it is endangered.
Many animals that used to live all over the UK now only live in Scotland. If we don’t help to protect these animals, then they might become extinct. This means there would be none of these animals left in Scotland.
We can help these animals by learning about them and telling others why it is important to look after nature.