However, a growing population and a dwindling number of safe and accessible green spaces mean that conflict can be more likely if effective management is not pursued. Such conflict may occur in the face of sweeping and unfounded claims, such as dog walking being “bad for wildlife”.
The Kennel Club believes that the outdoors should be managed as a place for people and nature. As such, we support targeted and proportionate restrictions that are evidence-based and regularly reviewed.
Rather than adopting a targeted approach to restrictions, local authorities may often cite vague terms – such as “disturbance to wildlife” – as a means to justifying excessive restrictions on dog walkers. For example, in 2014, the City of London claimed restrictions on dog walking were needed for wildlife reasons at Burnham Beeches National Nature Reserve, despite the Government’s nature conservation experts finding ‘no scientific basis for controlling dogs at Burnham Beeches on nature conservation grounds’.
We believe it is important that those calling for bans or restrictions on dog walking – such as ecologists and bird enthusiasts – fully consider and recognise the wider benefits that dog walking has on both the individual and their pets and the community more generally. For example, dog walkers are able to quickly report local incidents, fly-tipping, river pollution and anti-social behaviour, all of which have a far more devastating environmental impact than dog walking.
The Kennel Club完全支持按比例和基于证据的限制in nature. We believe it is vital that those implementing measures relating to dog control fully and impartially consider all available evidence and, following the enforcement of restrictions, regularly monitor and review the efficacy of the measures.
We support Natural England’s policy that restrictions on public access should be the least restrictive possible. For example, if the sensitive time for ground-nesting birds is between 1 March and 31 July, a year-round dogs on lead rules would be an inappropriate response.
Clear and accurate signage which shows where sensitive times and places for wildlife start and finish is vital to prevent conflict and allow dog walkers to act appropriately. Access management and information that tells dog walkers what they can do, such as whether their dog needs to be on a lead, and where they can go is the most effective approach to reducing potential conflict.
Typically, additional restrictions on dog walkers – such as blanket bans or on-lead rules – result in dog walkers moving elsewhere rather than reducing dog walking overall. This has the potential to displace the problem – move it to a different location – rather than provide any solution. It is important that the displacement effects of any measures are fully considered in order to prevent the intensification of problems on sites that were otherwise quiet and sensitive for wildlife.
Plan for dog ownership
由于23%的新住宅可能有一只狗，地方当局和绿地管理者必须确保提供和维护足够的爱狗空间，这将降低新开发项目对附近敏感野生动物区域的风险。2013年，我们出版了‘Planning for dog ownership in new developments’to provide local authorities with suggested approaches and principles.
Please follow responsible dog walking advice that applies in your area and encourage others to do the same. National guidance includesthe Dog Walking Code for England and Wales,Scotland, andNorthern Ireland.
- River pollution and fly tipping – 0800 80 70 60
- 农村犯罪(减罪) – 0800 555 111
- Illegal poisoning of wildlife and pets – 0800 321 600