Advice on Wildlife

We share our Marine Reserve with a whole host of wildlife, from majestic dolphins and seals to delicate anemones and starfish. To live alongside each other in harmony, we must give all animals space and the respect they deserve.


Click here to see our guide for safe and responsible rockpooling.

We have put together a quick guide to interacting with wildlife, and the contacts you need should you unfortunately come across in injured animal.

From time to time, you may come across a seal on the beach. Seals do spend a lot of their time out at sea hunting for food, however they must return to land to rest and let their food digest. A lot of the time, seals hauled out on the beach are just having a well deserved rest, and you must give it space to prevent it from becoming distressed. This is also for your own safety, as they can move surprisingly fast on land and have sharp teeth.


Between September and December, seals descend upon the coast to give birth to pups, and these pups must stay on dry land until they have lost their fluffy white coat and gained enough weight to be able to enter the cold water. During the pupping season, the National Trust For Scotland who manage St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve hold regular Seal Watches, and is a great way to view these adorable pups at a safe distance.

If you have found an injured bird or animal then time is of the essence. A wildlife casualty in close proximity to people will be under a great deal of stress. Combined with its injuries this can quickly lead to the animal going into potentially fatal shock.

Please find below the contact details of organisations that can help:


  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue - tel: 01825 765546  

  • Scottish SPCA - tel: 03000 999 999