Wildlife and Habitat Best Practice

Follow The Green Blue’s top tips to make the most of your encounters with wildlife, and keep you and your boat safe:

  • The rule of thumb is to stay at least 100m away from marine wildlife in the water and 50m away from marine wildlife on cliffs and rocks.

  • Use binoculars to get a better view rather than getting closer.

  • As a general principle, travel at a speed that allows you to take action if needed to avoid a collision.

  • If marine wildlife appears alongside your boat, maintain course at a steady speed. When they leave don’t follow.

  • If you spot signs of distress leave the area immediately. This could be hauled out seals starting to move towards the water.

  • Avoid steering into rafts of birds on the water. This is when they are resting to preserve energy for further flight and feeding their young.

  • Avoid splitting mother and young, such as seals and pups.

  • Keep a depth of water under the boat and use designated launching and landing locations to protect shallows and shoreline habitats.

  • Anchor with care by using existing mooring buoys if available or deploying your anchor correctly to avoid drag or scouring.