Local residents who use personal watercraft (also known as jet skis) around Flamborough Head and Filey Brigg are invited to help develop a new voluntary code of conduct aimed at reducing disturbance to the protected seabird colony.
The Flamborough Head Management Scheme and its partners will host a workshop on the afternoon of Saturday, 6 February to discuss practical ways of preventing disturbance to the 250,000 seabirds which nest around Flamborough headland and Filey Brigg each summer.
Jeremy Pickles, chair of the Flamborough Head European Marine Site Management Scheme, said: “Following some significant incidents in previous years, we would like local jet skiers to help us develop a new voluntary code of conduct. We hope that this code of conduct will reduce the impact of the activity during the seabird breeding season, whilst also encouraging users to find out why the area is so special.”
It is hoped that a new voluntary agreement will help to balance the needs of local enthusiasts with those of the seabird colony, which is protected by national and international legislation and sensitive to all kinds of disturbance.
Spaces at the workshop at Sewerby Hall and Gardens are limited; anyone interested in attending the event, which will include light refreshments, is asked to book their place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (01482) 391721 before Friday, 22 January.