The Marine Code protects the amazing marine flora and fauna for which Pembrokeshire is renowned through voluntary codes of conduct and seasonal agreed access restrictions.
It is important that you become familiar with and understand the Marine Code in order to enjoy wildlife responsibly and preserve the safety of Pembrokeshire’s wildlife for everyone’s enjoyment. To reduce the potential for disturbance to wildlife follow the agreed codes of conduct, and access restrictions maps.
Reduce disturbance to wildlife by,
Avoid sensitive areas, large concentrations of birds/seals, and seasonal breeding areas. Check the agreed access restrictions maps for specific areas before you go out onto the water.
Getting too close can cause stress to wildlife, egg or pup abandonment, exhaustion, or injury.
Reducing speed and holding a steady course will reduce disturbance especially in regards to cetaceans; loud noises can disrupt seals and seabirds especially at pupping/moulting and nesting times.
A puffin out to cause trouble with the opposition will yawn at the opponent as a warning.
The Atlantic grey seal has over 6cm thick blubber and a double fur coat to help cope with the cold. They are also deep divers and have been recorded at depths of 70m, but usually they feed in shallow costal waters.
Minke whales make very loud sounds, up to 152 decibels as loud as a jet taking off! They make a series of grunts, thuds, and raspy sounds, which possibly are used in communication with other minke whales and in echolocation of food.
The Peregrine Falcon is the is the fastest moving bird in the world reaching speeds of around 180kph(112mph) when diving after it's prey.
Whether you’re looking to take to the water and try your hand at coasteering, kayaking and surfing, or stick to dry land and explore on foot or by bike, opting for a business that is part of the Outdoor Charter Group means you’ll also be doing your bit to make sure the area is just as awe-inspiring for the next group of adventurers
Elegug is the Welsh for guillemot, and two colonies of these birds occupy two limestone stacks on the south coast of Pembrokeshire, the largest just 40 metres from the mainland cliff. The birds arrive in early Spring and have raised their chicks by mid-July. The summits of the stacks are crammed with guillemots with razorbills occupying the narrow ledges below. Other species of interest include razorbill, kittiwake, fulmar petrel, chough and peregrine falcon.
As well as hundreds of common and bottle nose dolphin, sightings off Pembrokeshire’s coastline include minke Whale, sei whale, fin whale, dolphin, orca, rissos dolphin and basking shark. A blue whale has been reported so too has a great white!
Skomer and Skokholm, two islands which are world famous wildlife destinations thanks to their colonies of sea birds – puffins, guillemots, razorbills and Manx shearwaters.
Grassholm an island home to Europe’s largest Gannetry, that’s 50,000 birds crammed onto this tiny outcrop.
The Pembrokeshire coastline is renowned worldwide, being voted by National Geographic as one of the leading destinations for sustainable coastal tourism. Our vision is to unite and replicate the Marine Codes of Wales under one heading, highlighting Wales’ lead in sustainable and ecological tourism.
It is important to our social and environmental wellbeing that we actively participate and experience our local environment. To minimise disturbances and cumulative impacts, especially in tourism hotspots, it is essential that we do so in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Please respect the guidelines from wildlife boats and craft hirers, stick to advised routes, respect exclusion zones and above all, spread and reinforce the message to value wildlife.