Hucknall and Bulwell dog walkers are asked to keep pets on a leash to protect ground-nesting birds


The call came from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, who say if you visit moorland, fields, city parks or the beach there may be birds nesting on the ground – or just above it – which can be difficult to be seen and are at risk of trampling, disturbance and harm.

The law states that you must keep your dog on a leash of no more than two meters between March 1 and July 31 when it is on open access land to protect ground-nesting birds.

The trust asks people to follow the same approach when visiting nature reserves – and preferably all year round.

Ground-nesting birds like nightjars are threatened by off-leash dogs in parks and nature reserves

The trust’s John Rattray said: ‘Off-leash dogs can be a real problem for breeding birds in our nature reserves, especially at sites where most grassland habitat is narrow strips along trails – like in our much-loved Attenborough Nature Reserve. .

“As the dogs stray out of the way into grassland or reed beds closer to the water’s edge, they unintentionally disturb the birds as they go.”

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James Brittain-McVey, lead guitarist for The Vamps, dog owner and ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts, added: “I have learned as a rescue dog owner the importance of keeping your dog under control at all times. moment.

“And at this time of year, it’s especially important to remember that we can all play our part in helping birds breed successfully by keeping dogs on short leashes in wild places, especially when so many species are going through such a difficult time.”

John continued: “Our nature reserves are for wildlife and people and many visitors want to bring their dogs.

“Many of our team members, myself included, have dogs, so we understand the fun a walk with your four-legged friend can bring, but allowing dogs to roam freely in nature reserves can be devastating to life. wildlife, especially in spring when species are breeding and vulnerable.

“We ask dog walkers to be considerate by keeping their pets on short leashes, staying on paths and disposing of dog feces properly.

“Wildlife is already under enormous pressure – let’s keep all dogs on a leash so we don’t make matters worse.”


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