The adorable reason Pembrokeshire’s Blue Lagoon is closed for public access

From September 25 to November 5, the beautiful Blue Lagoon will be closed to the public.

The National Trust Cymru has closed the area to protect the ongoing gray seal breeding colony. It is estimated that 5,000 seals could soon appear on the west coast of Wales, considered “vital” for around half of the world’s gray seal population.

During this breeding season, the Blue Lagoon will be closed to public access to protect the breeding colony from disturbance. An estimated 1,400 seal pups are expected to be born in the region.

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The National Trust Cymru welcomes the return of increasing numbers of people by preventing public access to the sheltered area 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 view wild creatures in their natural habitat from the Coastal Path and coasteering activity providers who have signed the National Trust Coasteering Agreement.

A gray seal pup at Martin’s Haven, Pembrokeshire

Mark Underhill, campaign manager for 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 regularly present in Pembrokeshire, where they are present all year round.

“Around half of the world’s population of gray seals breed on our coastline and the total number in West Wales, mainly Pembrokeshire, is estimated to be around 5,000, with some 1,400 pups 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 on the coastal path.”

If you happen to spot one of the seals during your visit to the Blue Lagoon or Pembrokeshire, the National Trust Cymru recommends the following strategies to ensure minimum disturbance:

  • Stay Quiet: Channel your inner David Attenborough and speak quietly and encourage children to do the same. Loud dogs can scare seals away, so if your four-legged friend is a bit talkative, please leave them at home when visiting a seal farming area.
  • Don’t get too close: Make sure you stay at least 50 yards away from seals (three London buses in length) and never come between a seal and its pup, or a seal and the sea. This would cause distress to both the mother and 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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