A CONSERVATION group is urging people not to disturb seals they may find resting on the shoreline.

The Clyde Porpoise - Marine Mammal project said seals often need to rest out of the waves to digest food.

It added: “If you are close enough to make seals drop into the water, then you are too close.”

The advice comes after national publicity was given to grey seals being accidentally disturbed by people including dog walkers at Forvie National Nature Reserve in Aberdeenshire.

Scottish Natural Heritage urged people to view seals responsibly without causing them alarm.

More than 20 cetacean species can be seen around Scottish waters, but seven are regularly spotted close to our coasts, including bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise.