Boat Operators

Give animals SPACE and TIME!

  • Check this website for sensitive wildlife sites
  • Manage the expectations of your clients by briefing them about potential sightings
    and how to respond when wildlife is seen, particularly about low key communication.
    Explain that you will talk about the wildlife at a time when it will not cause disturbance
  • Expect the unexpected – be alert for signs of wildlife
  • Observe from a distance – use binoculars if you can
  • Move slowly and quietly whenever wildlife is seen
  • All encounters should be on the animals terms
  • Look for signs you’ve been spotted by wildlife and avoid actions that
    scare, startle or panic them – Wildlife Encounters
  • Large groups and mothers with young are best avoided completely
  • If you decide to move closer, approach side on, around the outside making sure the
    animal/s have a clear escape route
  • Be patient and wait downwind, move predictably, steadily and slowly
  • Be calm and quiet while you enjoy your encounter
  • Be considerate, back off and move on to keep your encounter brief, particularly if you are with a large group or if others are nearby
  • Leave wildlife and the environment as you found it
  • Ideally you will provide your clients with information about impacts, pressures,
    threats and conservation issues linked to the wildlife you have seen
  • Reflect on every wildlife encounter considering how well it went and what can be
    learned for next time
  • Please report sightings ORKS , disturbance incidents to the
    hotline 0345 201 26 26 and consider participating in marine life related research.

The WiSe scheme is the UK standard for commercial marine wildlife watching. The aim is to promote responsible wildlife-watching through training, accreditation and awareness raising.

For more information on the scheme, please visit the WiSe website.

Here is a list of WiSe accredited boat operators in Cornwall:





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