Boaters Best Practice - Wildlife
Follow The Green Blue’s top tips to make the most of your encounters with wildlife.
- Small craft can reach shallow, more sensitive areas. Avoid stirring up the bottom unduly or disturbing vegetation and wildlife
- Take care where you anchor, there may be restrictions in place. Check pilot books, charts and any local guides for information on places to avoid. If a spot is suspiciously quiet, look for any signs which may indicate a no anchoring zone
- When going ashore use recognise landing places
- Keep your distance when you spot wildlife. Use your binoculars to get a close up look
- Never separate mother and young
- Slow down if you are creating excess wash
- Be aware that flapping sails can present a flash of colour and loud noises which can disturb wildlife
- Find out if the areas you visit are protected and why. There may be vulnerable seabed species or habitats
- Keep a record of your wildlife sightings and report them to Marlin, Seawatch foundation or the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.
- Keep to the designated speed limit, check with the navigation authority or pilot book if in doubt. Do not exceed 4knots if you are unsure
- Slow down if you are creating excessive wash
- Good engine trim, matching speed and conditions will reduce wash and fuel consumption
- Good use of throttle and boat handling skills will reduce wash and improve fuel efficiency
- The further a craft is from the bank the less impact its wash will have. Try to keep a safe, reasonable distance between yourself and the bank
- Keep a constant speed and direction when you spot cetaceans.
- Watch the WiSE video on how to watch wildlife responsibly