When at the Coast or in the Countryside


All of us enjoy a day out but we must remember to respect what makes our day out so enjoyable – the beautiful scenery, clean water and fresh air. Those special places won't be special in the future unless we take measures now to ensure our actions are responsible.

  1. Leisure Pursuits

    • Boats and jet–skis create noise and chemical pollution which is disturbing to wildlife – don't keep the engine running unnecessarily.
    • If you are sailing, surfing or windsurfing keep a distance of at least 100m from marine mammal and bird nesting sites to avoid disturbing them.
    • Only participate in hunting or fishing when it can be shown to be part of an effective management plan.
    • When rock pooling, don't disturb animals especially limpets as they can die if dislodged from the rock.
    • Don't use lead weights for angling, this is now illegal as lead is a toxic metal.
    • Discard hooks, nets, lines and weights responsibly as they are a potential threat to wildlife.
    • Don't damage or collect marine life when diving. A carelessly kicked fin can easily break coral that has taken 50 years to grow.
  2. Keep It Beautiful

    • Take all rubbish home from the beach and countryside – many items take years to degrade and are dangerous to wildlife.
    • Don't let your dog disturb wildlife or foul the beach. If there are no disposal bins ask the local council to provide some.
    • Dispose of sanitary waste properly, not down the toilet – or you might just find it on the beach next time you visit.
    • Report anything unusual such as pollution or animal strandings to the local authority, coastguard or environment agency.
    • Voice concerns about planned development of environmentally sensitive areas to your local officials.
    • Never pick wild flowers, dig up wild plants or break tree branches.
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