This is an archived press release
Tuesday 30 March 2004
30 March 2004
RANGERS CALL FOR EXTRA CARE FOR WILDLIFE IN THE PEAK
Visitors to the Peak District are being asked to take extra care this spring to protect wildlife and moorland stock.
Jenny Waller, Senior Ranger for the National Park Authority, said, "Spring is an important time in the Peak District. Our moorland birds and animals are breeding and it is lambing time as well. We're asking people to take extra care for the next few weeks and, in particular, asking dog owners to keep their pets on leads and under close control."
She explained that dogs allowed to run free disturb the birds, wild animals and livestock that might be anywhere on the moors. But expanses of open moorland can be tempting for people who want to give their dogs a good run.
Jenny said, "We sympathise with dog owners' desire to exercise their pets and most people don't deliberately set out to let their dogs kill or harm another creature. But the spring months are especially critical for ground-nesting birds and sheep and other livestock. We hope to educate people about the effects they can have and that by keeping pets under control they are helping conserve wildlife."
The Peak District moors are of international importance and there are by-laws to protect their use. Jenny explained, "On open access land the by-laws say dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. People who do not comply could face fines of up to £500."
National Park Rangers and Estate Wardens will be making sure that people are keeping their dogs properly under control.