Boating Wildlife Aware
Protecting Wildlife & Habitats
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
As boaters we are always delighted to encounter wildlife when out on the water or when ashore, be it dolphins riding the bow wave, a group of seals and their pups resting on a rocky outcrop, or a Heron stood majestically amongst the reeds.
Wildlife and their habitats in and around our marine and inland waters are under constant pressure from factors such as climate change, development and disturbance from human activity.
Water users and the boating industry have a duty to protect wildlife and enhance the environment. We share the waters we use for our recreation with an amazing array of wildlife, and the presence of boats should not necessarily have to mean disturbance to them. If craft are handled with sensitivity there can be minimal or zero disturbance.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Help Raise Awareness
Support ‘Boating Wildlife Aware Week’ 8th – 12th June 2020
The Green Blue’s wildlife awareness raising week every June.
Just follow @TheGreenBlue and use #BoatingWildlifeAwareWeek on social media and share our posts throughout the week on wildlife facts and the good practice we can all adopt to protect our wildlife.
Raise awareness of your local wildlife and habitats and share sustainable boating good practice amongst your fellow boaters, club members and boating customers throughout the year using our selection of awareness raising resources.
Find out how to protect our wildlife and habitats when boating by exploring our good practice guidance on:
– Anchoring with Care
– Boating around Wildlife
– Invasive Species prevention