...appreciate wildlife

Did you know?

 

  • In the UK we have the second largest fish in the world, the Basking Shark.

     

  • The world’s oceans support an estimated 10 million species but only 3% have been identified to date.

     

  • Annually the UK hosts over 5 million migratory waterbirds.

     

Advice

 

  • Keep a good pair of binoculars to hand – by keeping your noise and wash down you may even see breeding pairs in spring

     

  • When you go ashore, use recognised landing places

     

  • Small craft like personal watercraft, canoes and ribs can reach shallow, more sensitive areas. Avoid stirring up the bottom unduly, or disturbing vegetation and wildlife

     

  • Slow down if you are creating excessive wash – it can erode banks, disturb nesting birds and damage sensitive vegetation

     

  • If you keep a constant speed and direction when you spot whales and dolphins to avoid surprising or startling the animals.

     

  • Tell others what you have seen and help keep accurate records by reporting your sightings  

     

  • Find out whether the areas you visit are protected, and why. There may be vulnerable seabed species, so beware of dragging your anchor.

     

Useful information

 

Report sightings of whales and dolphins to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society – http://uk.whales.org/

 

Identify those birds with the online id guide at RSPB – www.rspb.org.uk

 

Find out about conservation activities in your area - www.wildlifetrusts.org

 

The hard facts and legal aspects from Government websites: www.english-nature.org.uk; www.snh.org.uk; www.ccw.gov.uk; www.ehsni.gov.uk 

 

Find out more about protection of marine wildlife through the Marine Conservation Society – www.mcsuk.org.uk