POLICE have issued a reminder to people on how to enjoy the North Wales coastline safely after reports of “inappropriate recreational watercraft activity” near an island off the tip of Anglesey.

North Wales Police (NWP) say they have been told of such incidents near Ynys Seiriol/Puffin Island, a sensitive wildlife habitat.

This comes weeks after NWP launched Operation Seabird, a national campaign aiming to engage people about the sensitivities of the coastline, and how simple changes in behaviour could reduce pressure on unique wildlife.


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NWP's Rural Crime Team said: “We have received reports of inappropriate recreational watercraft activity near to Ynys Seiriol/Puffin Island, a sensitive wildlife habitat.

“If you are enjoying the coastlines of Wales, you must respect the marine code and our wildlife.

“Whilst we welcome visitors to North Wales, activities on the coastline may cause disturbance to habitats and wildlife including; collision, noise disturbance and visual disturbance.”

NWP also issued a number of guidelines to people regarding how best to enjoy the coastline without upsetting wildlife.

It added: “Keep a safe distance (at least 100m) from the cliffs, rafting seabirds and marine mammals, allowing space for animals to move away from you.

“Motorised vessels and personal watercraft should travel at a no-wake speed within 300m of the cliffs or shore.

“All motorised and non-motorised vessels should avoid entering caves and travelling through archways where breeding seabirds or resting seals are present.

“Be aware: If an animal’s behaviour changes in response to your presence, move away quickly and quietly.”

For more information on Operation Seabird, visit: www.northwales.police.uk/news/north-wales/news/news/2022/april/north-wales-police-launch-operation-seabird.