Scottish Natural Heritage has updated the best practice code for watching marine wildlife watching Scotland.
The Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code (SMWWC) aims to raise awareness about the best and most enjoyable ways to watch marine wildlife such as dolphins, birds, seals, otters, whales and basking sharks.
The SMWWC is complemented by a Guide to Best Practice for Watching Marine Wildlife, which provides additional information about the animals you are most likely to see in the seas around Scotland, along with practical guidance on responsible behaviour around these animals.
The SMWWC was developed through widespread consultation, particularly with wildlife tourism operators. The code, originally launched in 2006, has been updated to reflect changes in legislation, advances in technology and updated contacts.
Both documents can be freely downloaded from SNH’s website – www.snh.gov.uk/marinecode – and special water-proof printed versions have been issued to marine wildlife tour boat operators.
This is a very useful guide to help everyone enjoy Scotland’s magnificent marine wildlife in a respectful and responsible way.