Country signs aimed at dog owners

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DUMFRIES and Galloway Council has developed two signs aimed at dog owners to help raise awareness of their responsibilities under the Land Reform Act.

These signs, available for purchase, can be mounted on a fence post with a couple of nails.

One sign deals specifically with the requirement to keep dogs out of fields with young stock. It incorporates a blank space where the farmer can insert the particular dates when dogs are prohibited. An ordinary outdoor marker pen will work, and can be wiped clean with acetone allowing the sign to be re-used. These signs are ideal for fields where lambing and calving take place and there is a chance that dog owners might mistakenly allow their dogs in.

The second sign is for use in areas where dogs are welcome under control, and spells out exactly what ‘under control’ means. This gives back up to land-managers who may be troubled with dogs running loose in inappropriate locations.

Robert Gladstone of Smiths Gore, who manages several estates in Dumfries and Galloway, said, “I welcome the Council’s initiative in providing signs to landowners and farmers. The signs are robust, clear and comply with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.” Mr Gladstone has purchased 10 signs.

These signs are available at cost from Dumfries and Galloway Council. They are £6 for a standard sign and £7 for a large sign, including VAT. Please send a cheque payable to Dumfries and Galloway Council to Jo Mercer, Access Officer, Countryside Service, Daar Road, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG, or email jo.mercer@dumgal .gov.uk. Call Jo with any queries on 078 345 678 91.

If there is a demand, this range can be expanded to include, for example, signs relating to ground-nesting birds, release pens and shooting days. Please let the Access Officer know if you believe these would be useful.