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Dog owners asked to keep pets under close control in countryside

Dog owners are urged to keep their pets on short leads to protect wildlife in the Peak District National Park. During the breeding season of spring and early summer, new-born lambs and ground-nesting birds, such as lapwing, curlew and snipe, are particularly vulnerable to harm from dogs roaming free or on long leads.

By law, dogs must be under control on public rights of way and on a short lead on open access land from March 1 to July 31. In fields containing farm animals and nesting birds, it is sensible to keep dogs on leads.

Peak District National Park access and rights of way manager Mike Rhodes said: “Walking a dog is one of the joys of being in the countryside, but we need all dog owners to keep their pets under proper control during this sensitive time, which usually means being on a short lead. Ground nesting birds are particularly at risk, while sheep and lambs can also be badly injured or killed by uncontrolled dogs. For its own safety, never let a dog approach or chase farm animals or wildlife – your dog could get kicked, trampled or lost and it could be legally shot for chasing farm animals. It is not a legal requirement to use a lead on public paths, but you should be extra vigilant in the breeding season and always use a lead if you can’t rely on your dog’s obedience.”

Dogs are not allowed at all on some moors to protect sensitive breeding sites – and signs will indicate this on site.

To report incidents involving dogs on farmland or moors, call the police on 101. To ask for signs to go up in problem areas, please contact Peak District National Park on 01629 816200 (weekdays).

More advice can be found in the Countryside Code at

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First Sighting of Curlews

The Curlews have landed in Port Meadow, a herd of 10 this morning in the field, which over the next week or so should hopefully increase.

Its amazing how they choose to mass in this one field continuously year on year before going to their nesting grounds in pairs, it also shows their resilience to changes in farming the land, its great to see.

Any signs of spring yet???  David S

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It has been a tough time for the local wildlife during the snow storms. This little treecreeper is continuing to feed off fallen sunflower hearts on our lawn, I’ve never witnessed behavior like this before.


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Beautiful Bobbin Robin by Carol S

snowy robinMaybe one for next years Christmas cards Carol?

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Garden Visitors

David G has had a beautiful Redwing visit his garden this morning. Thank you for sending in the photos David.

There are chances we may see more unusual visitors in our gardens with the bad weather.

Lucky David has also had a Goldcrest visiting his feeder today, poor things must be so cold out there tonight!

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On it’s Way to Parwich Birdwatch?

Bradbourne buzzard. Not  quite  in  the  catchment  area  for  your  wildlife  survey- but  took  off  in  a  westerly  direction ! John L


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The Annual Parwich Garden Bird Watch

The 27th – 29th January 2018 is the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch. To take part in the official RSPB survey Click here

Or alternatively take part in the Parwich wildlife survey and log your bird and wildlife sightings in Alsop, Ballidon, Pikehall and Parwich over the 27th – 29th January weekend by adding your observations to the comments at the bottom of this post.

After recent sightings of ring-necked parakeets in the village who knows what you may discover.


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