MSP named as species champion for the Grey Seal

Gillian Martin MSP with Heads Up for Seals Project Project Manager Ron Macdonald at Newburgh Beach
Gillian Martin MSP with Heads Up for Seals Project Project Manager Ron Macdonald at Newburgh Beach

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has been named as the LINK Species Champion for the Grey Seal.

Ms Martin’s constituency is home to the Forvie National Nature Reserve on the Ythan estuary, near Newburgh.

More than 2,000 seals regularly use the site -which attracts hundreds of visitors - who come to see the grey seals and other wildlife in the area.

Ms Martin’s host organisation for her new role will be Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP, said: “I really thrilled to have been named as the LINK Species Champion for the Grey Seal.

“Ythan Estuary is one of my favourite spots in constituency to come to and bring visitors to when they are in the North-East.

“There’s a lot of great work being done to help protect the seals and create more access for people.

“I can’t wait to take on the role and continue to build on the work I’ve done locally to support the Grey Seals and the area around the Ythan Estuary to protect them.”

Ms Martin has also been supporting efforts by a local conservation group to help upgrade the carpark at Newburgh, as well as the creation for an all-abilities path and viewing platform and efforts to protect the seals from being disturbed.

In May 2017, it was made an offence to harass the animals, after the Scottish Government introduced legal protection for the marine creatures.