Here we publish various advice and information for visitors to Foots Cray Meadows.
Important Information for Dog Owners –
When Visiting Foots Cray Meadows
Please take the time to read the following, it may improve your experience and save you and your dog from harm.
Foots Cray Meadows is an oasis for people, dogs and wildlife and all can enjoy the Meadows side be side if we keep in mind a few points and issues.
· Exercising my dog on the Meadows - with over 90 hs of open meadows, woodlands and riverside walks, away from main roads it’s the perfect place to walk your dog.
· Do I have to keep my dog on a lead? No, however, owners must be in control of their dogs at All times, if that means you need to keep your dog on a lead then it is your responsibility.
· But my dog is friendly. You know your dog, but be aware of other park users, especially those without dogs who may be nervous of them.
· Do I have to clean up after my Dog? It is against the bylaws to allow your dog to foul any part of the Meadows, dog bins are provided. Not only is dog mess unsightly and unpleasant, but it can contain pests and illnesses that can spread to children and other dogs.
· Can I be fined for not clearing up after my dog ? Yes, enforcement officers can issue on the spot fines in parks as well as on the highway.
· Can dogs go into the lake and river? Dogs are allowed to enter the river down stream of Five Arches, but are not allowed in the lake or the river further upstream (towards Penny Farthing bridge), this area is a designated nature reserve- please see signs.
· How can my dog disturb wildlife? Even when dogs do not chase wildlife, their very presence will affect many species, breeding birds such as the kingfisher, moorhens and other water fowl are most at risk from disturbance in and around the lake and river.
The area is now so popular with dog walking and the number of dogs is so high, that the disturbance to wildlife is now a significant threat to some species.
· I can’t stop my dog going in the water or after wildlife! It is your responsibly to control your dog.
· Is my dog at risk? dogs are sometimes attacked by the swans, especially when they have young to protect, even a large dog can get into trouble in the water when faced with a swan. Dogs can also catch certain illness, some serious, from the water.
Remember: You are responsible by law to control your dog. If in doubt put your dog on lead, keep dogs out of the lake and the up stream of the river and away from the swans and please, please clean up after your Dog.
And finally …. The Meadows is fantastic place to bring your family and (if you have one) your dog, so please enjoy your time here and helps us keep Meadows special for everyone to enjoy and for the wildlife to flourish!