Being there

Just being there creates a disturbance. Before you go, consider whether a less fragile or less remote area will satisfy the activity and participants. Why trample a vulnerable area when a more hardy one will do? Plan the activity so that suitable recognised campsites, lunch stops and trails are used, rather than creating new ones. Limit the party to an appropriate size, which in fragile areas may be no more than four to six. Large parties are more difficult to manage, noisier and impact more on vegetation, wildlife and others in the area. Avoid areas of highest use. Be adventurous and discover new, little known points of interest, or visit high use areas at a time when others are not. This will minimise the impact of users on a particular environment and allow time for the area to recover.

Plan to see the country, rather than be seen in it. The use of bright clothing is an important safety issue but can annoy others in the area and disturb the lives of the animals and birds you came to see. Similarly, unnecessary noise and inappropriate behaviour interferes with other users and frightens the local fauna.

Leave pets at home. They have no place in areas being managed for conservation. Pets can interfere with the enjoyment others get from a natural environment, and cause damage and disturbance of wildlife.