Park in plea to dog walkers

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Dog walkers are being urged to keep their pets on their leads in Gedling Country Park during the bird mating season due to the appearance of two rare bird species who are using the site for ground nesting.

Gedling Country Park has numerous ground nesting birds using the site, including two Red Listed (extremely endangered) species, the Skylark and Lapwing.

A spokesperson for Friends of Gedling Country Park said: “Dogs roaming freely over the grassland could disturb the nesting potential of these already threatened species, so we request that during the nesting period (March to September) you keep these areas dog free please.

“Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to raise monies to fence these nesting areas during the breeding season and therefore protect them. “


  1. Of course they wont tony. Seen dog muck in Netherfield? Dog walkers round here don’t care what there dogs do. They will let them attack birds if owners are from nevo.

  2. As a responsible dog walker I.e. I always clear my dog mess up and bin it or take it home, I notice that although there is a sign that says dogs on leads not many people do. I think I was the only dog walker that kept to this. Dogs are running around not on leads

    • Surely, the main point being that dogs are kept “Under Control” and away from the potential nesting areas. This does not necessarily mean on a lead. Lets not forget that GCP is a community facility for all who enjoy the outdoors. We must aim to enjoy our own interest and pursuits, whilst respecting other users and the wildlife within.


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