Walking your dog at Badbury Rings

Sheep love to graze the land

Following an increase in the numbers of attacks on sheep, we are asking all dog owners to keep their pets on leads when walking at Badbury Rings.

Over recent months several ewes have been attacked and critically injured at this popular dog walking site, leaving the grazier with no choice but to have the animals euthanised.

The whole flock have been affected to such an extent that there is an instant change in behaviour and raised stress levels when any dogs come near, well behaved or otherwise.

Some incidents have been reported by other walkers with the dogs in question out of the sight and control of their owners.

We ask that if you are walking your dog anywhere on the estate that you remember the countryside code - respect the animals and ensure your dog doesn’t disturb them.

Due to the natural lay of the land at Badbury Rings the sheep are not always viewable as you enter the fields and we are therefore asking all dog walkers to keep their dogs on a lead until the sheep are moved. 

If your dog is out of site for just a minute, that’s enough time for it to have scared, chased, or attacked a sheep. Please ensure you always bring a lead when walking your dog.

Should you have any queries please email kingstonlacy@nationaltrust.org.uk.