Operation Seabird day of action to help protect east coast area’s marine wildlife

Multiple organisations came together on Friday (June 4) as part of Operation Seabird in a bid to protect the area’s spectacular wildlife.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 10:28 am
The day of action involved high visibility patrols on land and sea. Photo courtesy of Humberside Police via Facebook

The day of action involved high visibility police patrols around the Flamborough and along the coast to look out for disturbance and antisocial behaviour.

Teams also offered advice on how visitors to the coast can minimise their impact on the marine wildlife.

Joining forces with both North Yorkshire and Humberside Police, the Flamborough Head European Marine Site Management Scheme, the Yorkshire Marine Nature Partnership, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the RSPCA, the Marine Management Organisation, and other local partners, Operation Seabird aims to provide uniformed presence at launch sites and around the coast to engage, educate and raise awareness of the sensitivities of the coastline and its wildlife.

A spokesman said: “This year, more than ever, we are expecting the coast to be a big part of people’s summer plans. The Yorkshire coast is also home to thousands of breeding seabirds, resident porpoises and seals, and visiting pods of whales and dolphins.

“Whilst tourism is vital for local economies, lack of awareness can lead to disturbance of these important species, which already face significant pressure from wider issues such as climate change.”

Following its success along the Yorkshire coast in 2020, the event also saw Operation Seabird launched nationally, as police forces around the country introduce the initiative in their regions.

By rolling out the operation across the UK, the groups hope to raise awareness of marine wildlife issues.

Geoff Edmond, RSPCA Inspectorate National Wildlife coordinator, said: “After the success of Operation Seabird last year it is encouraging to see that this will be extended and launched nationally by many more Police Forces and partner agencies.

“High visibility patrols by the police, the RSPCA will again take place in areas where there are particular problems with disturbance of wildlife.

“I am delighted to see that the MMO (Marine Management Organisation) will be joining in with this Operation nationally this year.

“This will continue to raise awareness and educate people about how vital it is not to disturb our seabird and seal colonies as well as any visiting cetaceans.”