From September 25 to November 5, the magnificent Blue Lagoon will be closed to the public.
The National Trust Cymru has closed the area in order to protect the ongoing gray seal breeding colony. It is estimated that 5,000 seals may soon appear on the West Wales coastline, considered “vital” for around half of the world’s gray seal population.
During this breeding season, the Blue Lagoon will be closed to the public to protect the breeding colony from disturbance. It is estimated that 1,400 baby seals are expected to be born in the region.
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The National Trust Cymru welcomes the return of the growing numbers by preventing public access to the sheltered area in order to avoid disturbing the seals.
The decision was made due to the increasing number of visitors to the Blue Lagoon. Visitors will still be able to observe wild creatures in their natural habitat from the Coastal Path and coasting trade providers who signed the National Trust Coasteering Agreement.
Mark Underhill, campaign manager for the National Trust Cymru, Pembrokeshire, said: “There are two species of seals that can be found in Britain: the harbor seal and the gray seal. Only gray seals are present regularly in Pembrokeshire, where they are present all year round.
“About half of the world’s gray seal population breeds on our coastline and the total number in West Wales, mainly Pembrokeshire, is estimated at around 5,000, with some 1,400 puppies born each year.
“The breeding season is vital for our seal colonies here in Pembrokeshire, and we ask visitors not to enter the Blue Lagoon and to follow the guidelines set out by the Seal Alliance and the Pembrokeshire Marine Code when they are on the coastal path. ”
If you happen to spot one of the seals while visiting the Blue Lagoon or Pembrokeshire, National Trust Cymru recommends the following strategies to ensure minimum disturbance:
- Stay silent: channel your inner David Attenborough and speak in a low voice and encourage the children to do the same. Loud dogs can scare off seals, so if your furry friend is a bit talkative, please leave them at home when visiting a seal breeding area.
- Don’t get too close: Make sure you stay at least 50 meters away from the seals (three London buses long) and never get between a seal and her cub, or a seal and the sea. This will cause distress to both mother and mother. to the puppy.
- Keep dogs on a short leash: Keep your dog on a short leash. Please do not let them run or play with balls, frisbees or sticks near a breeding colony as this will cause them distress.
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