New Green Marine Wildlife Guide app announced on World Wildlife Day

A

new digital marine wildlife guide for iPad and iPhone has been launched today to coincide with United Nations World Wildlife Day.

The

Green Marine Wildlife Guide provides interactive touch-based

illustrations together with an interactive map of the

UK revealing what marine wildlife

we can expect to see around the coast through the year.

For

instance, from May onwards the gentle giant of the basking shark can be

seen in waters off the UK’s south west coast as they head up north for

their annual migration.

Whilst in the North East grey seals are a common sighting.


There are also top tips for spotting marine wildlife and importantly guidance on how to avoid disturbing or hurting them. Recent

changes to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Amended, provide

protection for these animals from disturbance. Anyone caught disturbing

wildlife can now be

prosecuted.

The digital guide has been produced as part of The Green Blue, which is a joint

environment project

of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the British Marine Federation.


Jane

Swan The Green Blue project manager, said: ‘There is a code of conduct and

clear guidelines on what to do if you see a marine animal which will

help people on the water

to stay on the right side of the law whilst enjoying the experience.

‘They include advice on how much time you should spend near the animals

and how much clearance you should give them.

‘The

golden rule when watching cetaceans or any other marine wildlife is to

be aware of any change in their behaviour which may signify

disturbance.

‘Today

is UN World Wildlife Day, a moment in the year to celebrate the many

beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora, including cetaceans

and other marine

animals, and to raise awareness of how best we can appreciate and

protect them whilst out on the water.’

To

explore the digital edition of the Green Marine Wildlife Guide,

download the free ‘RYA Books’ app from iTunes and touch the ‘Catalogues

& Brochures’ to find the publication.

Visit https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rya-books/id451481707