04/01/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/01/2021 10:09
Warmer weather and the easing of lockdown restrictions are likely to bring visitors out into the countryside again this spring.
For many this will be a welcome breath of fresh air but, as we saw in 2020, careless or ill-informed walkers and picnickers can spell problems for wildlife, livestock and the landscape - not to mention other people.
Last year there were reports from countryside to coast of habitat disturbances, trails of litter and abandoned rubbish. Durdle Door in Dorset made the headlines with images of discarded waste strewn across the landmark beach.
The countryside is a working environment and as such carries potential risk - from cattle to farm machinery. Farmers and landowners should warn visitors of any foreseeable dangers and visitors have their part to play in protecting the scenery they've come out to enjoy.
For a refresher on the dos and don'ts, take a look at the Countryside Code for England and Wales or the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. In the meantime here are some basic pointers to help anyone who's unsure, stick to the right path:
Enjoying the sights and sounds of the countryside in spring is one of life's great pleasures - perhaps more so now than ever as lockdown begins to ease.