Happy Dogs and Happy Wildlife | Top Tips for Beach Walks

Sandy shores, pristine waters for paddling paws, and big blue skies. We know that beaches are a dog’s paradise and our three Fetch & Follow in-house dogs, (George, Lacy and Frank) maybe city dogs day to day but they are all sandy beach dogs at heart. Therefore whenever we get the chance we head out across the country to explore the different beaches the UK has to offer. Below is a list of our Top 5 UK beaches, which are dog friendly throughout the year and have been giving the paws up by our own dogs

Fetch & Follow's Top 5 Dog Friendly Beaches
Winterton beach - Norfolk
Camber Sands – Kent
Harlyn Bay – Cornwall
Harlech Beach – Wales
Southbourne Beach (Bournemouth) – Dorset

 However it’s important that we don’t forget these special surroundings attract more than dog walkers, our beaches are wonderful havens for rare wildlife too. Beaches are home to an array of different animals. In the spring and summer, many of our seabirds choose to nest on our beautiful beaches raising their families. In winter, some slightly larger creatures, like grey seals will haul themselves onto our shores to pup. With this in mind the team at the RSPB have shared with us below their top tips for when you are out and about on your dog walks

Read and follow the signs! If important wildlife calls a beach home, often conservationists will have put up a sign to let you know. The advice on the sign is there to help protect other animals and plants, so if you love all animals you can help your local wildlife by sticking to this advice.

Look out for cordons. Areas for beach nesting birds and rare plants are often fenced off with a cordon. If you see a cordon, pop your dog on a lead, and walk as far from this area as possible. Sometimes, there are electric fences up in these areas, so it’s important to keep your dog on a lead for their safety too.

Find a suitable off-lead area. In most places our beaches are large, so if you know that wildlife inhabits one part of a beach, head in the opposite direction, and have a run in a more suitable area. Some beaches will have designated off-lead dog walking zones.

Chat to volunteers. Where there’s a particularly important wildlife population, it’s likely there are people there to look after the animals. For instance RSPB volunteers look after nesting little terns at Winterton-on-sea beach, and volunteers protect seals at Horsey beach – both in Norfolk. Volunteers are there to answer your questions, and are always happy to tell you where’s best to walk your dog.

Together we can share our shores, which make for happy dogs, happy people, and happy wildlife.