The new regulations mean that it is illegal to intentionally kill, injure or take mountain hares without a licence.
NatureScot has shared a selection of pictures for those who have been unable to venture out due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Living Planet Report shows that nature is being destroyed by humans at a rate never seen before.
The buzzard was found in the Dulsie area near Nairn on Sunday March 15.
The birds of prey make the journey back from Senegal to Glenogil in Scotland to breed each year.
The number of survey sites in Scotland reporting red squirrels remained between 51% and 52%.
Trees for Life will establish the centre on a 10,000-acre estate in the Highlands after receiving more than £2m in funding.
The fabric slings and pouches help injured animals feel safe as they recover.
Four-month-old Ruaridh the red panda kit has been spotted exploring outside his den at Edinburgh Zoo.