Responsible dog walking on Dunstable Downs
Dunstable Downs is an amazing place for dog-walking but we must all be aware of the responsibilties attached to walking a dog in open countryside.
We all love our dogs and enjoy taking them for a walk in beautiful open countryside but did you know that there are good reasons why it is necessary to keep them on a lead?
Spring is a particularly important time to keep your dogs under control on Dunstable Downs because we have ground-nesting skylarks here.
Skylarks are vulnerable and in decline so we are very careful to keep their habitat safe and make sure they are not disturbed. If they are, whilst they are nest-building, they may not continue and, unless they find somewhere else to try, it is possible they may not have chicks this season. So their decline could continue.
You are probable aware that we have tenant farmers on the Downs and in spring they have sheep with young lambs browsing the hillsides. Very few dogs can resist chasing sheep which could possibly result in the sheep being harmed or even killed - no one wants that!
So you can see why it is so important that your dog is kept under control whilst up on the Downs - he/she will still have a wonderful walk and you will be relaxed and happy.
On Sep 22 2018 we opened a special area in the View Café for dog owners to bring their dogs inside with them. We know that many of you have wanted this for a long time and it is already proving popular. This is Juno, one of our first doggy visitors.