Seal Haul Out Sites

Grey seals give birth in the autumn (September – December) and stay on land for several weeks. It is important to be aware of beaches which have been designated seal haul out sites.

Haul out sites are where seals come out of the water to rest, moult, breed and to have pups. Seals that are hauled out may be particularly sensitive to approach by humans or vehicles, therefore caution is required in such circumstances. It is an offence to intentionally, or recklessly harass a seal at a designated haul out site.  

Marine Scotland have produced this useful blog post that gives more information about Seal Haul Out sites, their locations and guidance on watching marine wildlife. 

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