Keep dogs on leads to protect seabirds

The bird-breeding season is in full swing so Northumberland Wildlife Trust, which has reserves along the county’s coastline, is asking dog owners to keep their pets on a lead in sand dunes and grassland.

The Northumberland Coast has been designated as internationally important for breeding seabirds and the dunes and coastal grasslands are equally important as they are home to many species of ground-nesting birds including skylark, meadow pipit, grey partridge, stonechat and reed bunting.

Alex Lister, the Trust’s estates officer with specific responsibility for Druridge Bay, said: “Druridge Bay is an excellent area for people to enjoy with their dogs, however, during the bird breeding and nesting season, which is from now until July, we really would appeal to dog walkers to respect the wildlife and try and minimise any disturbance and distress.”