At The Coast

‘At the coast’ GUIDELINES
Cornwall’s accessible coast is spectacular and a haven for wildlife with opportunities for awe inspiring encounters that can include watching sea birds feed their chicks, seals snoozing on favored beaches or feeding their pups to the miniature world of a rockpool.

General advice to avoid disturbance AT THE COAST:

  • Where present, please pay attention to signs that help you to minimise your impact on wildlife
  • Aim to watch wildlife unseen so be cautious, stealthy and quiet
  • Keep a look out for wildlife and use binoculars or a telescope to get a better view and avoid the need to get close. Make sure the automatic flash is off on your camera
  • Assess the situation and think like the animal to work what they are doing, where they are going and what might frighten them to help decide how you can avoid disturbing them
  • Make any approach steady, predictable and non-direct
  • Be very careful where you are putting your feet to avoid crushing burrows, eggs or animals
  • Look for signs wildlife has spotted you and be prepared to get out of sight, back off or take an alternative route
  • Remember disturbance is more likely when more people are present, so stay together in a group. Ensure the wildlife doesn’t get surrounded and has an escape route
  • Let animals move away and please don’t chase, feed or touch wild animals
  • If you move stones in rock pools, be careful and put them back where you found them
  • Leave animals as carefully as you approached them
  • Avoid damaging the environment itself by trampling vegetation that might increase the chance of erosion and take all litter home
  • It is very important to keep pets under control and remember that they can also cause disturbance
  • Where sites have been designated, disturbing their listed features (e.g. wildlife, plants, geology) can result in a fine of up to £20,000.

 

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