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Pembrokeshire National Park calls for seals to have space

A call for seals to have space during pupping season comes from the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority.

People are urged to avoid disturbing the seals and their pups as they continue to appear on beaches and in coves all along the Pembrokeshire coast.

The authority has received reports of people getting too close to seals at a time when they are particularly vulnerable.

National Park Authority ranger service manager Libby Taylor said: “Seals are protected by law, but this year alone we have heard of kayakers entering creeks where seal pups were present and a incident of someone trying to put a newborn baby in the sea.

“If a pup is alone on a beach, it usually means that its mother is nearby in the water. She can sometimes stay away for long periods of time, so please keep yourself in check. away so she can come back when she needs to.

“One of the best ways to see seals and their pups from a safe distance is the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, which runs along cliff tops above so many secluded coves and coves that are inaccessible on foot. A pair of binoculars will help you get a closer look.

“If you see seals, the best thing to do is keep the noise to a minimum, make sure the dogs are on a leash, and find another location for your walk or adventure.”

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The park authority has put up temporary signs at some known pupping grounds to raise awareness for people who may not be aware that the chosen location is popular with seals.

If you think a seal is in distress, please call Welsh Marine Life Rescue on 07970 285086 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

Codes of conduct to follow when exploring the Pembrokeshire coast can be found by visiting the Pembrokeshire Marine Code website.

To find out more about seals and some of the other amazing species you can spot in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, visit pembrokeshirecoast.wales/wildlife