p_pYihHrHere Boy … advice for dog walkers when visiting sites run by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Taking note of the signs and notices: Wildlife Trust nature reserves have different policies for dog walking and some do not permit dogs. Please look out for the appropriate signs at the entrance and around the reserve. Always picking up after your dog: A selection of nature reserves have red dog bins, but if you can’t find a bin, please take the waste home with you to dispose of safely or use a nearby litter bin.

Keeping your dog close to you and in sight or on a lead: If your dog is off lead and out of sight, they may well be causing disturbance to local wildlife which can cause a reduction in breeding success and ultimately a decrease in population numbers.

Being aware of grazing animals:

Many sites are managed with the help of grazing animals so please keep your dog on a lead in these areas for your own safety and to avoid distress to the livestock.

Considering other visitors:

If you see other visitors up ahead, please put your dog on a lead whilst you are walking past them.

For more info go to www.hiwwt.org.uk