One of the many joys of spending time on a boat is the prospect of catching a glimpse of the local wildlife. Whether you are travelling down the Kennet and Avon Canal or taking a visit to Falmouth, nature always delivers a plethora of wild sights and sounds to enjoy. As boaters, we are often granted a closer view to the action than those travelling on land, so it is key that in those moments we boat responsibly around the approaching wildlife.
The presence of boats does not have to result in a disturbance to local animals and there are many ways that you can minimise your boat’s impact on wildlife. Here are just a few top tips for your next trip….
Remember, as regular water users, we have a duty of care to respect the wildlife that we encounter. We share the water with an amazing variety of marine life that often depend on the waterways as a safe place to feed and raise their young. Frequent disturbance from humans can disrupt an animal’s natural feeding times, increase stress levels and lower rates of reproductive success.
The 7-11 June is The Green Blue’s Boating Wildlife Awareness Week, a chance for boaters to learn more about best practice when experiencing wildlife out on the water and how to best protect it too. The Green Blue, the joint environmental awareness programme between the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine, will be sharing advice and information throughout the week across their website and social media channels.
To join in on the conversation, find out more about Boating Wildlife Awareness Week and to help raise awareness, follow The Green Blue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @TheGreenBlue and use the hashtag: #BoatingWildlifeAware. You can also visit The Green Blue website: www.thegreenblue.org.uk where you can find further information, guidance videos and activity sets.