Dogs on Nature Reserves

Dogs on Nature Reserves

Dog walking through woodland (c) Ben Hall/2020VISION

We welcome responsible dog owners on most of our nature reserves. However some of our reserves are not suitable for dogs due to the delicate nature of the habitat or due to the presence of grazing animals.

To make things clear, we operate a colour coding system for our reserves. Please be aware that the status of our nature reserves may change from time to time so look out for signage on site. 

Dog sign - blue

A blue site for dogs means:

- Dogs must be kept under control at all times.
- Dogs must not be allowed into the water.
- Dog walkers must be in control of no more than 3 dogs per person.
- No professional dog walkers.
- Sections of the reserve may be closed to dogs.
- Please clean up after your dog.

Dog sign - orange

A yellow site for dogs means:

- Dogs must be kept on leads at all times to protect the delicate wildlife of the reserve.
- Dogs must not be allowed into the water.
- Dog walkers must be in control of no more than 3 dogs per person.
- No professional dog walkers.
- Sections of the reserve may be closed to dogs.
- Please clean up after your dog.

Dog sign - red

A red site for dogs means:

- No dogs are allowed on site. This is to protect the delicate wildlife of the reserve. Livestock may also be present on the site.