Guide to watching marine wildlife

These are our top tips for helping you get the most out of your wildlife watching adventure.

• The best encounters are when animals are behaving naturally so don’t get too close. Follow the Ceredigion Marine Code of Conduct for wildlife watching at sea. Dolphins, whales and other marine life are sensitive to disturbance. It is an offence to deliberately hurt or recklessly disturb protected species such as dolphins.

• Always put your rubbish in a bin or take it home with you as litter can seriously harm wildlife. If you can, recycle your rubbish

• Avoid going on beaches during the breeding season where seals are known to pup. If you disturb wildlife, parents may be scared away, abandoning their young and may not return to breed there again.

• Check the tides times before you leave. Tides can rise rapidly, cutting off your exit from the beach, so keep an eye on the tide when you’re on the beach

• Keep away from cliff edges and stick to paths

Dolphin watching tips:

The first rule is: Be patient!
There is no specific time or state of the tide when sightings can be guaranteed. However, it’s best to spot dolphins on a calm day, keeping the sun behind you to avoid the glare from the sea. A disturbance of the water’s surface is often the first sign that you might see a dolphin but also look out for large flocks of excited seabirds gathering overhead; a sure sign there are plenty of fish about. Often you just catch something unusual out of the corner of your eye, so keep a pair of binoculars handy for closer observation.

Things to remember:

• Binoculars

• Notebook – to keep a note of what you spot and where

• Camera – stills or video camera, a perfect record

• ID guide – to check what you’ve seen

• Food/drink – you may be out for a while

• Warm clothing and waterproofs