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Only two days for dogs to enjoy some beaches before the Summer Restrictions

Only two days for dogs to enjoy some beaches before the Summer Restrictions

Friday 29 April 2022

Only two days for dogs to enjoy some beaches before the Summer Restrictions


MEDIA RELEASE: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not Bailiwick Express, and the text is reproduced exactly as supplied to us

We are very lucky that most of Guernsey's beaches are dog friendly during the summer months. Saying this dogs are banned between 1st May and 30th September on the following –

Fermain

Petit Bot

L'Erée

Vazon (Northern end)

Cobo

Port Soif

L'Ancresse

Pembroke

Dogs are not permitted on Lihou Island and Lihou causeway all year round.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “We have had some lovely Spring weather to enjoy many of our beaches with our dogs, but from the 1st May the Summer restrictions for dog owners and horse riding come into place.”

“It is really important when enjoying the beaches and coastline with your dog that they don’t upset the wildlife as migrating birds use them as a rest stop and many others are feeding and breeding.”

“We are coming to the end of the seal pup season, but we pups can be separated from dogs scaring the Mums back into the water if they aren’t under control separating them from their young.”

“We do want dogs and owners to enjoy the coastline as well as keeping wildlife safe.”

“To care for the 1000’s of wild animals and many others in our care we really need your support, please donate by going to https://giving.gg/donate/charity/2/Guernsey-Society-for-the-Prevention-of-Cruelty-to-Animals-(GSPCA) , call 01481 257261 or by post please make cheques payable to 'GSPCA’ and send to GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD.”

The States of Guernsey has some further helpful information –

‘Dog owners should always prevent their dog from chasing or disturbing wildlife, especially birds. Birds are particularly vulnerable during the breeding season, February to July.’

‘If you are a dog owner, pick up after your dog! Please tie the top of the bag. Take the waste home, or put it in a public litter bin.’

‘Please don't leave dog mess in a plastic bag at the side of the path or hanging on trees, hedges or fences. This is still a littering offence.’

‘If you see someone else leaving the mess from their dog on public land, you can ask them to pick it up. If they refuse, you are encouraged to contact Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services or the Police with any details that may help lead to a successful prosecution (e.g. vehicle registration of dog owner/walker, description of dog and owner, etc). All calls will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.’

‘Owners of guide dogs are exempt from the Control of Dogs Ordinance. Please note special arrangements can also be made for dogs registered under the UK registered assistance dogs scheme, particularly for dogs for the hard of hearing. Under this arrangement, owners of registered assistance dogs can apply to the Department for a licence excluding them from most of the provisions of the Ordinance. However, such owners are still legally required to pick up faeces left by their dogs in public places. Please contact Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services for further details.’

For more information on these rules please visit - https://www.gov.gg/dogban

http://www.gspca.org.gg/blog/only-two-days-dogs-enjoy-some-beaches-summer-restrictions

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