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This Guide is designed for those actively watching marine wildlife. It is intended to complement The Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code. The first section addresses the nature of "disturbance" and what it means in practice. The second section offers guidance on wildlife watching by major species groups: cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), basking sharks, seals, birds, otters and turtles. For each species group the status of some key species in Scotland is summarised; the kinds of disturbance that can occur and implications for the animals' welfare are discussed; signs of stress or agitation are described; and sensitive times and places identified. Practical guidance is then offered on how to behave responsibly, in rather more detail than that provided in the Code itself. It also highlights the law as it applies to each group.
Learn how to minimize environmental damage without stifling childrens' curiosity and enthusiasm. This brochure is a simple aid for teachers, chaperones, natural history interpreters, scout leaders, and guides organizing a student field trip to Alaska's rocky intertidal beaches. Much of the advice also applies to adults.
"Leave No Trace" has emerged as the mantra for a generation of outdoor recreation fans, notably in the US & Canada where it can be argued that usage of the "wilderness areas" is perhaps higher than in UK, but that shouldn't mean that here in the UK we don't have a growing problem and this article aims to help with practical and realistic ideas and suggestions as to how we can all keep the wilderness and our remote spaces pristine and beautiful.
ABSTRACT / Previously undisturbed sites in four differentvegetation types were camped on for one night and for four nights. Changes in vegetation cover and vegetation height were measured after camping and one year later. Results are presented separately for different campsite zones-parts of the site where campers slept, cooked meals, and stored their packs. Just one night of camping was sufficient to cause evident impact in all four vegetation types, although the amount of impact varied significantly between zones and between vegetation types. Vegetation impact on campsites used four nights was generally less than twice as severe as impact on the sites used one night. The effects of camping on vegetation were also predicted for 12 other vegetation types on the basis of vegetational responses to experimental trampling. These results suggest that impact can almost always be minimized by confining camping to a small number of campsites instead of dispersing use across many campsites.
Written by David H. Cole
Sea kayaking and the Environment from a UK perspective.
Alligators and humans have shared the marshes, swamps and lakes of the south-eastern United States for many centuries. This interesting article gives tips and ideas on how to keep safe when swimming or out paddling in alligator territory.
The following marine wildlife viewing guidelines are intended to help you enjoy watching marine wildlife without causing them harm or placing personal safety at risk.
Published by Watchable Wildlife Inc.
Marine wildlife viewing is good for Alaska's economy, and good for the participants' souls. But is it good for the animals? The answer is yes, if boaters and tide-poolers use care when near the animals. This publication describes laws and guidelines for observing whales, sea lions, walruses, sea otters, coastal birds, and other animals. Charter operators and nature tour leaders will find it a concise source of information that ensures the comfort of marine mammals and other wildlife as customers get thrilling views.
From the publication: The purpose of this handbook is to provide California’s ocean users, including boaters, fishermen, wildlife watchers, kayakers, whale watching and nature-tourism operators with clear and concise information about existing federal and state laws pertaining to California’s marine wildlife and general agency accepted marine wildlife responsible viewing and stewardship principles.
This Code is designed for those actively watching marine wildlife. It is important that the Code is followed as far as is practical and feasible by those setting out to watch marine wildlife, as well as by anyone encountering marine wildlife in the course of their work or leisure pursuits.
Watching marine wildlife is exciting. It makes us more aware and increases our understanding and enjoyment of the marine environment. It is also increasingly important for tourism and the economy.
Some people now make their living taking visitors to sea, or on coastal walks, to watch our wildlife. For others, watching wildlife is purely a hobby or part of a family outing. We all need to know how to act responsibly around wildlife. We need to be aware of it and understand how our actions may affect wildlife so that we can minimise any disturbance that we may cause.
Published by Project Nature-Ed, this is a brochure on what minimal impact is and how to tread lightly on the earth when out camping.
When nature calls, will park visitors use the toilet facilities provided or let urgency dictate where they go? It is reasonable to expect that park visitors will use toilet facilities when they are close at hand, but what about when they are out on a walk or at some other location far away from the nearest loo? Convenience means that many visitors will use the nearest tree, rock, creek, freshwater lake system or some other inappropriate location!
Written by Danny Parkin and Deborah Parkin from Project Nature-Ed.