Code of Conduct

Lundy's Zoning Scheme and No Take Zone apply to everyone. These are strictly enforced and much of the Code of Conduct is underpinned by law. The code is for everyone who visits Lundy to ensure that the marine life is protected for future generations. 

General – Applies to all visitors

  • Do not disturb or remove any plant or animal within the MCZ
  • Lundy is now a rat free island to keep it that way please, take ALL rubbish home with you – especially perishables and check your boats and bags for rats before arriving.
  • Report all interesting or unusual sightings of marine wildlife or any archaeological finds to the Warden.
  • Keep away from seals and their pups from 1st September to 30th November during breeding season.
  • NO marine life is to be removed from the No Take Zone


  • Please try to leave everything as you find it, always return rocks and seaweed as they were, these provide shelter, food and homes for wildlife.
  • Do not collect animals or plants in buckets or use nets
  • Surveys and scientific monitoring may require a consent (consult with warden)

Diving and snorkelling

  • Control buoyancy to avoid contact with marine life be aware of the environment around you especially when taking photographs
  • Try not to leave air bubbles in caves or overhangs
  • Do not remove any items off any wrecks or any associated material on the seabed
  • Gull Rock Wreck & Iona II are designated wreck sites, diving these without a licence is illegal
  • We do NOT encourage the taking of shellfish outside of the No Take Zone (NTZ). Should you wish to collect any shellfish, please be aware that new take limits will be in place from March 2015, please speak to the warden to discuss our recommended take limits and for further information. Many charter boats operate a no take policy, the skippers decision is final.
  • Do not remove crawfish (spiny lobsters) from the reserve
  • Spear fishing is not permitted anywhere

Boating (all kinds - kayaks to charter boats)

  • Keep to a distance of 100 m from nesting seabirds sites from 1st March to 1st August. Reduce speed to less than 5kts when 100m from seabird cliffs and rafting birds.
  • Reduce speed to less than 5kts when 100m from basking sharks, seals, cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises)5 Do not change your course to directly approach them, let them come to you.
  • Use an WiSe accredited operator
  • Use the visitor moorings buoys as shown on the zoning scheme in Gannets, Brazen Ward and the Landing Bay.
  • Avoid anchoring; if it is necessary then anchor in less sensitive habitats such as sandy sea beds in the Landing Bay.
  • Do not anchor or use shot lines within 100m of Knoll Pins
  • Do not deploy any mooring. A licence is required for permanent moorings and permission for a temporary mooring from the warden
  • The speed limit in the Landing bay is 5kts
  • Do not place any pots in the Landing Bay, they will be removed.

Sea angling

  • No fishing within the No Take Zone
  • Catch and release all fish if not going to be used
  • Release all wrasse species, tope, red band fish, bull huss and conger eels where they are caught.
  • Use barbless hooks
  • Avoid use of a gaff
  • Fish above the reef when fishing in reef areas, do not fish on the bottom to avoid entanglement
  • Only retain sufficient fish for personal consumption and return all unwanted catch to the sea unharmed.
  • Do not collect any bait from the intertidal area
  • Fishing of any type is not permitted within the area of a designated wreck site
  • Follow the National Federation of Sea Anglers (NFSA) ‘Conservation Code for Sea Anglers’ and abide by the ‘Recommended Retention Size Limits’  

For enquiries of further information contact the Warden on (01237) 431 831 or email [email protected]

Please refer to for a full list of the byelaws connected with Lundy and the NTZ

Licences for access are granted by Department for Culture, Media and Sport and administered by English Heritage

All must be over the Minimum Landings Sizes (MLS) in Devon, it is illegal to remove berried  or ‘v’ notched lobsters