Parts of Galloway have been earmarked as seal ‘haul-out’ zones to protect resting, breeding or moulting seals based on advice from experts at the Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews.
Seals are particularly vulnerable when at haul-out sites and can be easily disturbed by human activity. The sites at Luce Bay, between Mull of Galloway and Burrow Head and in the Solway Firth, between Southerness Point and Dubmill Point will offer a safe place for the creatures to rest.
Living Seas Policy Officer for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Alex Kinninmonth, said: “Seals should be free from harassment wherever they are, but the designation of these haul-out sites is certainly a step in the right direction.
“Along with other conservation measures, this will aid the protection and recovery of these iconic animals.”
Scotland holds nearly a quarter of the European harbour seal population.