More moths and butterflies have been spotted in Scotland over the last several years due to warmer summers, figures show.
Moths have shown a recovery in numbers since 2015 and butterflies have seen a rapid increase since 2015/16 because of the warmer weather, data from NatureScot on the abundance of land and sea creatures in Scotland reveals.
But breeding seabirds have declined 41% between 1994 and 2019, with an 8% drop from 2016 to 2019, though land birds have remained stable since 2004.
NatureScot monitored around 337 land-based species and found numbers were stable between 1994 and 2019, with an increase of 14% from 2016 to 2019.
The number of insects increased 24% between 1994 and 2016.
The year 1994 was chosen as a baseline because it is the earliest for which there are comprehensive records.
Evidence suggests biodiversity had already declined markedly prior to then.
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