Dow owners are being asked to ensure that their animals are kept under strict control now that lambing season is well under way and to ensure wildlife is protected.
CLA East has warned that pregnant ewes can abort if they become stressed by loose dogs and ground-nesting birds and other wildlife are also at risk, with their young vulnerable if parents are scared away.
CLA East regional surveyor Tim Woodward said: “The CLA’s members go out of their way to welcome walkers who adhere to the Countryside Code. Most people are very understanding and walk with their dogs on leads near livestock – but there are some who do not even consider doing this.
“Dogs should always be under close control when walked on farmland, and unless the dog stays closely to heel, this normally means that it should be on a lead. A lead should always be used when in the vicinity of livestock, however well-trained your dog is. It is a criminal offence under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 if they chase or attack livestock.
“Dog owners should also respect land and property at all times. They should not allow their dog to trespass off a footpath or bridleway, and should also clean up and remove dog mess.”