Visiting Sandscale Haws with your dog
Sandscale is a popular place to come with your dog. With a long beach to stroll on it’s a great place to have a good walk with your pooch and a chance to tire out all 4 legs (and yours!)
Walking your dog is a daily part of your routine. You might have your favourite spots to visit or enjoy mixing them up a bit to find new ones.
We know how important Sandscale is to you so to help you keep it special for people and wildlife we’ve come up with the canine code so that you and your dog can play a part;
1. Take the lead
As well as being a perfect place for a walk, Sandscale is also a haven for some special wildlife. From March to July it’s good advice to keep your dog close to you (or on a lead if your dog is energetic) to stop them from disturbing nesting birds which could leave their nests and abandon their chicks.
In the winter months a whole crowd of migratory shoreline birds descend on Sandscale for well-needed food. Keeping your dog on a lead will mean that they don’t get disturbed when they’re feeding.
The pools you see on site look tempting for dogs but are important for breeding Natterjack Toads and other amphibians as well as a huge diversity of insect life. Dogs entering the pools can disturb wildlife and may introduce chemicals into the water from spot-on parasite treatments so keeping your dog on a lead around these makes a big difference.
For Farm animals
Livestock graze across Sandscale throughout the year to help keep down scrub and encourage wildflowers to flourish. In Spring our tenant farmers have pregnant ewes and lambs out in the dunes and from late summer onwards calves will be present with the cattle. Dogs off leads can cause a huge amount of harm to farm animals and this has an impact of farmers’ livelihoods. Cows may also become defensive if they have calves with them and they are not always obvious. You can reduce the amount farm animals are disturbed and injured by keeping your dog on a short lead. Remember if you are approached by cattle with your dog it is safer to let go of the lead and call your dog back when safe to do so.
1. Clean up dog poo
Nobody likes standing in dog poo or seeing dog bags left lying around or hanging on fences. It is harmful to people, dogs and farm animals and it also pollutes the sandy soils leading to the loss of dune plants. Put it in a bag and put it in the main council bins provided at the car park or take it home with you if the bins are full.
2. Paws for thought
Are you in the right area? Sometimes we might ask you to walk somewhere else to help us protect you, the places we look after and the wildlife that lives there. Keep an eye out for signs and be extra careful of the incoming tide.
3. Be on the ball
While lots of us love dogs, some of us don’t. That’s why it’s important to make sure your four-legged friend doesn’t run up to other people – especially children.
For more information about how to look after your dog in the countryside take a look at the national Countryside Code.
Some safety tips for your dog
The pools at Sandscale are great for wildlife but not so great for your dog. At times toxic blue-green algae may be present and even just small amounts of this can make dogs very ill. Every tide will bring in new materials, not all of them welcome. Palm oil, dead animals and chemical containers can wash up from time-to-time. Palm oil is not a toxic substance, but it is indigestible and is often a breeding ground for bacteria which can make dogs very ill. It’s best to keep your dog close to you and to put them on a lead if any hazards are present. Keep an eye out for any warning signs and please let us know if you see any new hazards.