Visitors with Dogs

Visitors with DogsVisitors with Dogs © Marcus Wehrle

Surrey Wildlife Trust is currently developing a 'Visitors with Dogs Project'.

As part of the project we are holding awareness events on several of our sites where dog walkers can ask questions, pick up a free ‘doggy’ bag and help the Trust by answering a short questionnaire.

The questionnaire is being used to understand peoples’ levels of awareness of certain issues such as the sensitivity of ground nesting birds and how to safely walk near cattle.

New leaflets and signage aimed at dog walkers are planned for some sites and it is hoped that the project will enable visitors to help the Trust protect these valuable and beautiful areas of countryside for the enjoyment by all.

Dog Walking on Surrey Wildlife Trust Sites

Well behaved dogs are welcome on most of our sites unless stated otherwise. We ask that dog owners follow these simple steps during their visit:-

Always Pick up After your Dog

Dog mess is not only an unsightly health hazard for other visitors, it promotes the growth of invasive plants and discourages the growth of wildflowers. Please pick up after your dog and use the red bins provided or take your waste home with you.

Keep your Dog Close to you & in Sight or on a Lead

This helps to minimise the distress and disturbance caused to local wildlife and our grazing animals. If your dog is off the lead and out of sight, it may well be causing disturbance to wildlife, livestock or other visitors.

Be Aware of Ground Nesting Birds

Ground nesting birds such as nightjars, lapwings, dartford warblers, woodcocks, stonechats and meadow pipits are present on many sites from May to September and we ask dog owners to keep to paths during this time to minimise disturbance and protect eggs.

Be Aware of Grazing Animals

Some areas of our sites are managed with the help of grazing animals. Please keep your dog on a lead in these areas to avoid distress to the livestock. Look out for and take note of signs on sites where cattle are present.

More infomation about Surrey Wildlife Trust's Grazing Project, can be found on our Conservation Grazing pages.



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