Planning is essential for a safe day in the countryside.
It is of vital importance that all gates are left as you find them. Gates are used to control livestock and therefore should be left as found.
On farmland you must stay to the paths to prevent damage to crops and reduce the risks of disturbing livestock. On nature reserves staying on the paths helps to protect the animals and preserve the rare species many people come to see.
Litter is not just an eye-sore, it can injure animals. Make sure that you take ALL of your litter home.
Fires can destroy entire habitats in a matter of seconds. Don't light fires, drop cigarettes or matches in the countryside.
By law, you must keep your dog under control to prevent any disturbance to wildlife and farm animals.
You may let your dog off its lead, but it must still be under your control. If you cannot control your dog, you must use a lead.
Cattle may chase dogs if they are disturbed; this can be dangerous for the owner, as the dog will run back to its owner and the cows will follow.
When using the countryside, think of others.
Our lakes and ponds look like fun places to play but often they have hidden dangers. Make sure you stay safe by following our water safety guide.