Dog walkers: Top tips for keeping wildlife safe

Credit: Ben Hall/2020VISION

We have some top tips for keeping you, our wildlife and livestock safe this season as we explore more of Yorkshire’s finest landscapes with our dogs. Wildlife is at its most vulnerable at the moment and iconic birds like curlew, skylark and lapwing are nesting on the ground among the heather and long grass. Even the most good-natured dog can disturb nests inadvertently and young lambs can also be vulnerable.

Visit our blog to find out how you, as a responsible dog owner, can help us keep wildlife safe throughout the year:

https://www.ywt.org.uk/blog/yorkshire-wildlife-trust/dog-walkers-please-help-our-ground-nesting-birds-spring

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is the only charity entirely dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring Yorkshire’s wildlife and wild places. To help protect our wildlife and wild places please:

Minimise travel– please reduce non-essential journeys or combine trips where possible.

Keep a 2-metre distance from all other visitors and staff at all times.

Follow any signage on site, and don’t use any bird hides during lockdown.

Stick to the paths and trails, and check if dogs are welcome or need to be on a lead.

Take your litter home, as it’s harder for us to empty bins regularly.

Thank you.

Walking, Wellbeing and Wildlife

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Bluebells (c) Josh Raper

Whether you’re taking a quick walk around the block or stretching your legs a little further, wildlife is never too far away to give us a natural boost. We just have to take notice!

Connecting with nature, wherever you are, offers a distraction from our busy lives and helps to relieve stress and anxiety. From looking for different colours, patterns and shapes to listening out for rustling leaves or tuneful birdsong, Kat Woolley, one of our Inspiring People Officers, shares her top tips for invigorating your senses in this step-by-step guide: www.ywt.org.uk/blog/kat-woolley/walking-wellbeing-and-wildlife

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is the only charity entirely dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring Yorkshire’s wildlife and wild places.