For many people, it's a thrilling experience to see animals in the wild, and for some, it's the highlight of their trip. In Scotland, many species are protected by law and if disturbed may abandon an area or fail to reproduce owing to stress. For your safety and theirs keep a respectful distance. The main goal is to minimise disturbance. Encounters should be on an animals terms, if walking in protected areas keep your dogs on leads, be aware of noise pollution and do not come between a young and their mother.