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Annual beach restrictions return at weekend

Annual beach restrictions return at weekend

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Annual beach restrictions return at weekend


Dog restrictions will return on seven popular Guernsey beaches on 1 May.

The restrictions are on Fermain, Petit Bot, L'Erée, Vazon, Cobo, Port Soif, L'Ancresse/Pembroke. Herm's Shell Beach, Belvoir Bay, Fisherman's Beach, and the area of beach in front of the White House Hotel to the Herm Harbour Jetty are also out of bounds to dogs.

"Even with these annual restrictions being introduced, there are still lots of places where dog owners can enjoy walking their dog this summer," said Andy McCutcheon, Principal Environment Services Officer for the States.

"These restrictions make sure that those who aren't as comfortable around dogs are able to enjoy the beaches, while dog owners and dogs can enjoy many of our great beaches as well."

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While dogs are still permitted on most beaches in the summer, the States is asking dog owners to remain mindful of other beach users and local wildlife.

"This means dog owners should still remove any waste on cliff paths, beaches, pavements, walkways and other public land by bagging and binning it," said a spokesman for the States.

"Failing to do so risks the owner facing a £100 fine. They should also ensure their dogs are under control near other beach-users, particularly children or other vulnerable people.

"They should also ensure their dogs do not interfere with birds. Birds perceive dogs as predators and each time they are put to flight whilst feeding or resting, they waste vital energy reserves which are essential for birds to successfully rear their young or for onward migration."

Dog owners are also being reminded that dogs are not permitted on Lihou Island. The voluntary dog ban on the Richmond end of Vazon, which was introduced to protect wading birds, remains in place.

Owners of guide dogs are exempt from the Control of Dogs Ordinance.

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