Blue Lagoon is closing a week earlier than planned, due to the early arrival of breeding gray seals.
The National Trust Cymru has taken the decision to close the former Abereiddi slate quarry today (Saturday September 17), a week ahead of schedule, to protect seals from disturbance.
Each year, the Blue Lagoon closes to the public from late September to November, with recent years having seen increasing numbers of the gray seal population breeding in and around the lagoon.
This, combined with the high number of visitors to the Blue Lagoon and its sheltered nature, which makes it so attractive to seals, creates a situation where there is a high potential for seal disturbance.
The time seals spend resting on land is vital to their health and that of their young, as they digest a recent meal, socialize and feed their young.
To provide them with a safe environment to raise their puppies, National Trust Cymru will close the Blue Lagoon to visitors from September 17 until November 5.
The reopening of the area is subject to seal farming activity at that time. at this moment
Visitors will still be able to view these wild creatures in their habitat from the Wales Coast Path and coasteering activity providers.
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Mark Underhill, Campaign Manager for National Trust Cymru, Pembrokeshire, said: “Around half of the world’s population of gray seals breed on our coastline and the total number in West Wales, mainly in Pembrokeshire , is estimated at around 5,000, with some 1,400 pups born each year.
“The breeding season is vital for our seal colonies here in Pembrokeshire, and we ask visitors not to enter the Blue Lagoon and to follow guidelines when on the coastal path.”
The National Trust Cymru recommends following the Pembrokeshire Marine Code to avoid disturbing seals: stay quiet, keep at least 50 yards from seals and never come between a seal and its pup, or a seal and the sea , and do not bring a dog near a seal. farming area.
They also ask that if a seal is spotted in distress or alone, they never approach the pup. For any concerns about seals or seal pups, contact the conservation group Welsh Marine Life Rescue on 01646 692943 or 07970 285086.