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:

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.

Signs of spring

Credit: Blue tit, Bob Coyle

Enjoying the many positives of spring is a welcome relief after months of colder temperatures and gloomy days in isolation. Seeing bright yellow daffodils in full bloom, new delicate leaves bursting through and hearing the melodic tones of birds in the early mornings is just a very small snapshot of the incredible transformation that nature undergoes during the springtime.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Inspiring People Officer, Steph Turner, shares some seasonal highlights that will put a ‘spring’ in your step:

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

The Best Yorkshire Walks For A Lockdown Catch-Up

A lot has happened over the last year and you’ll no doubt have tonnes of gossip to catch up on with missed loved ones. Granted, the topic has changed from scandalous workplace relationships to that new pair of joggers and how your workwear wardrobe is really coming together.

If we’ve learned anything, it’s that the small things are always worth celebrating and that time together is so precious. With restrictions easing, we can once again meet up with family and friends outside. Albeit still at a safe distance.

To celebrate this, Keighley born and bred business Fenetic Wellbeing had an idea. They realised that Yorkshire is home to many wonderful things. Most notably among them are its smiling people, indescribable views and the peace and quiet that the northern countryside offers.

Fenetic Wellbeing handpicked some of the most beautiful walks for you to enjoy. They did some calculations, giving you the perfect walk for a lockdown catch-up based on your time spent apart. If you’re sharing your most prized secret, the Betty Eastwood walk has trees tall enough to hide behind. If you want to be surrounded by nature without having to travel too far, the Leeds canal city walk offers exactly that.

All of the walks offer miles of open green space for children and dogs to run free in. You’ll find both rural and urban walks that are accessible for all.

So, if you haven’t seen your dad for 6 months, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on a 5-mile walk. On every walk, you’ll witness scenery far more breath-taking than you’ll find on a Zoom screen.

With all of this right on our doorstep, it would be a shame not to witness it for yourselves.

Please continue to adhere to official government guidance and don’t travel out of your area until allowed to do so. Similarly, please continue to respect the safe social distancing rule wherever possible.

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:

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

Rabbit Ings, Barnsley

Family walks are not about distance. They’re about spending time together, exploring wildlife and having fun. Short walks keep little legs happy and give you more time to play games and picnic!

And Rabbit Ings Country Park is a fantastic place to do just that, with a number of routes that you can follow around the 64 hectare site, all quite short. There’s a hill which offers a great viewpoint of the surrounding area and all the way across to Emley moor. If you enjoy a walk whilst your children cycle next to you, the paths around Rabbit Ings are mainly surfaced tracks so perfect for little riders.

Read more about walking at Rabbit Ings Country Park here. On your way round you can see lots of different types of wildlife- why not take a camera and ask your children to take pictures of what they see? Back at home go through the pictures and learn the names and some facts about what you have seen. Draw pictures from your photos or make some models from play-doh. Make sure children have had an adventure, not just a ‘walk’.