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Responsible wildlife watching

Watching wildlife is exciting, but remember to act responsibly around wildlife. Some plants can be easily damaged. Birds and other animals can also be easily alarmed or distressed if you don't take care.

Here are a few simple guidelines:

  • Do not intentionally or recklessly disturb or destroy plants, eggs, birds, other animals or geological features.
  • Do not linger if it is clear that your presence is causing significant disturbance to a bird or other wild animal.
  • Follow any agreed information aimed at preventing significant disturbance to protect plants, birds or other animals, or at preventing the spread of erosion in more sensitive areas.
  • Take extra care to avoid disturbing more sensitive birds and animals, particularly during their breeding season.
  • Stay clear from red deer stags during the rut when they are particularly aggressive and dangerous.
  • Take all litter away with you.
  • Take all necessary measures to prevent the risk of fire.
  • When bringing dogs, keep them under close control.
  • Make efforts to use wildlife operators who follow a code of conduct.

The Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code

The Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code  PDF document  provides guidance on the best way to watch marine wildlife without causing disturbance or harm to the animals. The Code is designed for all those who watch marine wildlife around Scotland, whether they are on the shore or at sea. It is not a law or regulation - its main purpose is to raise awareness and offer practical guidance for responsible marine wildlife watching.

The Guide to Best Practice for Watching Marine Wildlife  PDF document  is a complementary document to the Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code, providing more information about the animals you are likely to see in the sea around Scotland, along with practical guidance is on responsible behaviour around these animals.

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