Saturday, 29 April 2017

Nesting Season = Dog Control

The first ducklings of the year were seen yesterday in Town heading for the riverside.

This is an opportune time to remind Dog owners that birds will be hatching over the next 3 or 4 months, and to be aware that ducks and swans are vulnerable ground nesting birds.

                           I realise I'm not popular with some dog owners for reminding them of their responsibilities to the Scottish outdoor access code, which states that dogs should be kept under close control when near areas with ground nesting birds.

Under close control does not always mean that your dog should be on a lead, BUT if your dog is prone to hunting or chasing birds then it makes sense to keep them on a lead when near wildlife.

 Like all creatures ducks and Swans will stay with their young to try and protect them, making them vulnerable to fatal dog attacks.

These are some of the photos that cost the life and injuries to our wildlife. Please take care when out with your dogs !

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