Recording the wildlife of Islay, Jura and Colonsay

This biological records database is supported by Bruichladdich Distillery Company Ltd and The Botanist Foundation
Bruichladdich Copyright: Malcolm OgilvieBotanist Copyright: Malcolm Ogilvie

We apologise that there is a glitch in the database which means that many records don't appear when you click on a species. We are working to have everything back to normal as soon as possible, so please bear with us.


These webpages allow you to view on a map and browse the existing records of the wildlife (animals and plants) from these three Inner Hebridean islands in our Biological Database which currently holds 191,388 records of 3057 different species.

Click here for our species A-Z using vernacular names

Click here for our species A-Z using scientific names

Updates take place regularly, many of them quite small additions. Major updates will be mentioned here.


We would also very much welcome it if you could contribute your own records to make the dataset more complete. These can be from any period, not just recent records but, if you have any, from the past. Please do so by accessing a data entry form which you can complete and send to us:

Click here for the data entry form

One project which we are running at the moment is concentrating on the commoner and widespread species. While we know quite a lot about the numbers and distribution of many of the larger and more obvious species, for example the geese, the waders, seabirds and birds of prey, our knowledge of some common and widespread species is very patchy. As part of this project, we are also asking residents of the three islands to record what you can see in your garden.

In order to make sure that all these species continue to flourish on the islands, it is necessary to know how many there are and where they are, including at different times of year. So every sighting of a bird, mammal, butterfly or dragonfly, or any other taxa is of value.

The Islay Natural History Trust is grateful to Scottish Natural Heritage for generously grant-aiding this project. This includes a 12-page booklet "Recording Wildlife on Islay, Jura and Colonsay" with colour photographs of the commoner small birds of gardens, farmland and woodland, as well as all the mammals, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies which you are likely to see on the three islands. You can pick up a free copy at the centre or alternatively you can download it in three parts using these links:

Recording wildlife booklet part 1

Recording wildlife booklet part 2

Recording wildlife booklet part 3

Our database and this website are being regularly updated both with new records of existing species and with new groups of species.