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Chasewater code of conduct launched for dog walkers

Dog on a lead. Pic: chaychayolei

Dog on a lead. Pic: chaychayolei

A code of conduct is being introduced at Chasewater Country Park to help protect rare birds that nest on the ground in the area. 

The nesting season for birds is well underway at Chasewater Country Park and the voluntary code has been put in place by Lichfield District Council.

Birds, such as the very rare little ringed plover and nightjar, are busy building their nests on the shoreline and lowland heathland, so they can raise their young. This means it is especially important for dog owners to be extra vigilant, keeping their dogs under control and away from sites where birds might be nesting on the ground. 

The council is also urging all visitors to keep their distance from birds’ nests, as parent birds easily scare and could take flight, leaving their chicks and fledglings vulnerable to attack from predators, such as foxes and sparrow hawks.

During the nesting period, which runs from March to September, Chasewater Country Park dog walkers are asked to:

  • keep dogs on a short lead in restricted areas (detailed in the code)
  • keep out of no-go areas (detailed in the code)
  • keep to the tracks and paths as much as possible, particularly in areas of dense heather
  • move quickly away from any bird’s nests
  • keep off parts of the shoreline (detailed in the code)

Councillor Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said:

“Dog walkers are always welcome at Chasewater Country Park. However, we would ask that they follow our code of conduct to make sure our rare and wonderful birdlife can thrive. We will be displaying notices that set out the code in more detail, and hope that dog walkers will follow it this summer.”

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