> I had a quick look at the Council website this
> morning. There may be more useful information the
> links as well as what Abe Freeman posted.
> Southwark carried out a consultation about dog
> Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) and it looks like they
> are stepping up enforcement - signs have gone up
> in a couple of parks / green spaces near us
> limiting walking of a maximum of 6 dogs with 3 off
> the lead at any one time.
> We all know there are good and bad dog owners and
> the rules have to apply to all. A number of the
> links on the website page about Responsible Dog
> Ownership donít work but might be worth a look
> lfare/responsible-dog-ownership - some common
> sense / good owner behaviour but unfortunately not
> all owners are good.
> The bylaws relating to dogs have been around a
> while - looks like they were last confirmed in
> As has been said Dawsons Hill is a nature reserve
> and the rules are what they are. Wildlife doesnít
> know one bit of green is a nature reserve and
> another isnít so at this time of year it would be
> good if dog walkers could be aware that
> disturbance, even unintentional can be an issue
> for wildlife - not something we thought about when
> we had dogs while I was growing up to be honest
> but we live and learn.
> If you are taking your dog out please keep them on
> a lead - they may be well behaved and not mean it
> but could unintentionally scare nesting birds (now
> until July) and cause them to abandon their nest /
> chicks. If you are walking in the country the dog
> may encounter animals its not used to and react
> out of character. Its just not worth the risk of
> it getting hurt or worst case shot - not an issue
> here but traffic is the equivalent here I guess.
Thanks for the feedback and posting those helpful references, I was unaware of this guidance.
I strongly but respectfully disagree with your statement that dogs can unintentionally scare off nesting birds and pose a threat to wildlife. If the birds are at ground level, then the local foxes and roaming outdoor cats are much more of a threat than my little fur ball ! Perhaps there is more to the story though.