Sut allwch chi helpu?

Cardigan Bay abounds with a rich variety of marine animals and plants.

Leaping dolphin

A bottlenose dolphin leaps from the water. Image © Janet Baxter

Together with the valuable habitats on which they rely this makes the Bay an outstanding and internationally important marine environment – an environment that you can help protect!

Why not take a closer look at the issues highlighted below and see what you can do to help us protect the dolphins and other wildlife of the Bay.

  • Litter, litter, litter. We all hate it, so let’s beat it!
  • Climate change – discover easy steps that will save you money and reduce your contribution to “the greatest threat to our environment today”.
  • Are you a boat user? learn more about boating facilities in the area and ways that you can minimise your impacts to the environment.
  • Have your say! tell us what you think.
  • Volunteering. Find out more about how you can get involved.

Thank you very much for your concern.

Have your say!

Your views are important.

From the initial planning stages to the present day the relevant authorities (Who’s involved) responsible for the management of the cSAC have recognised the importance of public involvement and support. Everyone’s views are welcomed so please contact us with any comments or questions that you may have.

As a first point of contact please get in touch with Melanie Heath, SAC Officer on:

E mail:
Telephone: 01545 561074
Letter:  Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA46 0PA.

Join the Liaison Group

The Liaison Group is the SAC public forum, to which all are welcome to attend. Meetings are designed to incorporate interesting presentations about various aspects of the SAC with more detailed discussion about developments in the management of the site. It provides a valuable opportunity to raise any SAC related issues with the representatives of the relevant Government authorities responsible for the management of the site.


Volunteers make a huge contribution to conserving Cardigan Bay’s marine environment. Why not join the team and get involved in activities such as helping us collect valuable data about dolphins, clearing litter from beaches and raising awareness about the importance of our local environment.

For those that can spare 2 hours a week in the summer months and like the idea of seeing dolphins in the wild on a regular basis why not take part in ‘dolphin watch’? You will be part of a dedicated team studying the relationship between local boating traffic and bottlenose dolphin site usage which helps us make considered decisions about the way we manage recreational activities. Full training is available, and someone will always be on call to help you out.

For more information contact Melanie Heath on 01545 561074

Recreational Boating

Boat users – you can make a real difference!

We are well aware that boats have been used in Cardigan Bay for hundreds of years and the dolphins and other wildlife has not been driven away. So why is it only recently that boat users are being asked to follow a code of conduct? The main reason is due to the increased number of fast, highly manoeuvrable vessels now using the area, which if driven irresponsibly, have the potential to disturb local wildlife and even cause direct harm.

The code of conduct sets out sensible guidelines that if followed will ensure the safety of you, the boat users, while minimising disturbance to wildlife and ensuring that the UK laws protecting it are not broken.

We thank you for your co-operation.

Marine Conservation Code of Conduct and Byelaws

Boats : Please operate all boats with care and attention for the safety of occupants and respect for all other sea users.

Dolphins/Porpoise : If these marine mammals are encountered at sea please:

* Maintain a steady speed and course, or slow down gradually
* Do not chase, manoeuvre erratically, turn towards or attempt to feed or touch them
* Take extra care to avoid dolphins with their young
* Please do not attempt to swim with these mammals

Seals : Do not interfere with seals or their pups on the beach. Please leave alone as any attempts to approach may cause stress. Control dogs and keep them away from seals.

Birds : Keep 100m out from cliffs in the breeding season, 1 March to 31 July.

Please keep clear of rafts of birds nesting or feeding on the sea and avoid unnecessary noise close to cliffs.

Fishing : Do not discard fishing tackle. Please take it home for proper disposal.

Divers : Please observe the BSAC Code of Conduct.

Ceredigion Byelaws : These byelaws regulate the navigation of pleasure craft in the areas shown on the map

Speed limits : Pleasure boats are not to be navigated at a speed of more than 8 nautical miles per hour within the restricted area surrounding each beach between May and the end of September.

Due care and Attention : The driving of pleasure boats in a dangerous manner or without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for others is prohibited.

Noise : The use of a pleasure boat propelled by an internal combustion engine without a suitable silencer is prohibited.

New Quay Harbour Orders

Speed Limits: Pleasure boats are not to be navigated at a speed of more than 5 nautical miles per hour within the limits of the harbour (see map overleaf).

Harbour Beach : Pleasure craft are not to be navigated (other than vessels ‘licensed to ply for hire or reward’) between an imaginary line drawn between the end of the shelter in Beach Road and the end of the Penpolion breakwater.

Age Limit : Persons under the age of 18 years must not take charge of a speedboat or power boat.

Penalties : The Harbourmaster is authorised to withdraw launching and mooring permits from vessels which do not observe the Marine Conservation Code of Conduct or byelaws. Vessels which break the byelaws or recklessly disturb dolphins and porpoise are also liable to prosecution.

Byelaws similar to those for Ceredigion apply to those parts of the River Teifi which lie in Pembrokeshire.

For more information about byelaws click here or visit Ceredigion County Council Offices and Tourist Information Centres.

To view the Code of Conduct click on the following links:

Leaflet front cover here
Leaflet rear here
Just the text here

To view the Code of Conduct for Passenger Boat Operators click here.

Safety at Sea

MARINECALL: Marinecall gives up to date recorded weather forecasts for inshore waters of the Irish Sea Contact 09068 500 460.

RNLI Sea Equipment Advisory Check: Sea Check offers leisure craft owners a free safety equipment check. Contact 0800 328 0600 to arrange a Sea Check appointment.

Coastguard Yacht and Boat Safety Scheme: Before sailing inform your shore contact of your return time. If you are overdue, the Coastguard can then be informed. The Milford Haven Coastguard covers the Ceredigion Coast Contact 01646 690909.

Copies of the ‘Safety on the Sea’ booklet are available from Ceredigion Harbour Offices.

RYA Training Courses: Contact the RYA for a list of Sea Schools near you 01703 627400.

For more information please contact the SAC Officer on 01545 561074 or at


No one likes to see litter on our beaches. Not only is it unattractive, but it has health and economic impacts on local communities, as well as being potentially harmful to our internationally important marine wildlife.

Unfortunately, there is a clear trend that litter on our coastline is getting worse. The Marine Conservation Society ( have recorded a 99% increase in litter found on surveyed beaches between 1994 and 2003, with Wales having the second highest levels of litter found in the UK, much of it occurring as a result people leaving it on the beach.

By taking two simple steps you can help us to keep the local environment clean and safe for both our benefit and that of local wildlife.

  • Dispose of litter carefully – please use bins provided or take your rubbish home. Make sure you recycle what you can.
  • ‘Adopt’ your favourite beach or stretch of coastline and help maintain it for the future.

Adopting a Beach – What’s is all about?

Want to play a bigger role in maintaining the quality of your local coastline?

Keep Wales Tidy are providing support to community members wanting to be involved in safe, enjoyable conservation activities.

Through their Coastcare scheme, groups of volunteers focus on the ongoing care of their chosen area with events that range from litter picks to environmental education activities – what you do is up to you!

For more information about how to set up or join your nearest Coastcare group contact Keep Wales Tidy on 01646 681949.

Climate change

Wherever you live in the world, you can play your part in maintaining the fantastic marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay.

Climate change is described as the “The greatest threat to our environment today” and there is mounting evidence that it will have an impact on all of our lives in future years. But it’s not just us that will be affected. Unnaturally fast changes in air and sea water temperatures due to the greenhouse effect are likely to bring about changes in the distribution and abundance of marine wildlife throughout the world’s oceans.

By taking simple steps, not only will you save on your electricity bill, but you will be making a positive contribution to maintaining the health of our marine environment for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. So please:

Turn off lights, TVs and stereos when they are not needed – do not leave electrical appliances on standby.

  • Don’t overfill the kettle – only boil as much water as you need
  • Let clothes dry naturally rather than using a tumble drier
  • Consider buying energy efficient light bulbs

For more tips on ways that you can help reduce your impact on the environment visit Defra’s webpage