Dog Walking on Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales manages all of our 90+ nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife. All are regularly visited by wildlife enthusiasts, including children and school groups.

We have a ‘Dogs permitted’ policy on our sites. If you are planning to take your dog to a nature reserve, please act responsibly during your visit and help us to keep our sites safe for wildlife by doing the following:

 

  • PrintPlease keep your dog close to you or on a lead

This helps to minimise the distress and disturbance caused to local wildlife. If your dog is off the lead and out of sight it may well be causing disturbance to  wildlife which can cause a reduction in breeding success and ultimately a decrease in population numbers.

At Teifi Marshes, it is a requirement that dogs are kept on leads during the bird breeding season (March to April) and we ask that you also consider keeping your dogs on leads during this time on our other nature reserves.

At Parc Slip Nature Reserve dogs must be kept on leads at all times throughout the nature reserve.

 

  • PrintAlways pick up after your dog

Dog mess is not only an unsightly health hazard for visitors, reserve staff and volunteers, it also promotes the growth of weeds and discourages the growth of wildflowers. It can also spread disease and pathogens. For example, when reserves staff are out strimming the paths to keep them clear for visitors, dog mess can end up in their eyes which could lead to serious injury or even blindness. Our reserves are regularly used by families and reserve staff need to ensure people aren’t at risk from coming into contact with dog mess. Please put your waste in the bins provided or take it home with you.

 

  • Do not allow your dog to swim in  areas of open water

Please do not encourage your dog to swim in ponds, rivers or other water bodies. Not only does this cause disturbance to wildlife in and around these areas of open water, it also increases the risk  of transferring invasive and harmful  plants such as New Zealand pygmyweed (Crassula helmsii), or amphibian diseases such as Ranavirus from one area to another.

 

  • PrintBe aware of grazing animals

A large majority of our nature reserves are managed with the help of grazing animals during certain times of the year, for example the water buffalo at Teifi Marshes and the Highland Cattle at Parc Slip. On these sites please keep your dog on a lead to avoid any stress to the animals and to reduce the risk of altercations between livestock and your dog.

 

  • Family walking out on Parc SlipConsider other visitors

The Wildlife Trust welcomes a huge variety of visitors to our nature reserves, from wildlife enthusiasts to school groups and ramblers. Please be aware that dogs can cause risk to other users, even unintentionally. Not everyone is fond of dogs and some have severe phobias. Other reserve users can feel extremely uncomfortable when a dog runs up to them even though the dog may be friendly and harmless. Small children are especially in danger from loose dogs, ranging from simply being knocked down by an enthusiastic dog to being bitten or seriously harmed. Please keep your dog close to you.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.  We do hope you enjoy visiting our nature reserves.