Page 28 - Williams of Petersfield Magazine Spring 18
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                                  Enjoy the Countryside
Enjoying a walk in the countryside is a great way to enjoy our wonderful local landscapes, be it on your own, with your faithful four-legged friend,
 or with a group of people.
A few simple tips for helping to keep you, your friends and family, your dog, and the livestock you may encounter safe when out walking so you can fully enjoy the experience.
Observe your surroundings - Wherever there could be livestock present walk calmly and quietly keeping a look out for animals, particularly those with young or bulls. when entering a field you won’t always be able to see the entire field, so you’ll need to be aware there maybe animals present.
Take the best route – Keep to footpaths, but give livestock plenty of space. Keep any possible exits in sight. Don’t panic or run if cattle follow you - stay calm and walk quickly and quietly around the herd.
Remember cows can be protective of their young so avoid getting between cows and their calves. If you are unsure, or concerned then choose an alternative route. If there are crops in the field, choose a route that will not damage the crops, keeping near the hedge if possible.
Control your dog – If you have a dog with you keep it close by your side and under control. Where there are cows and sheep put it on a lead. Remember, cows are nosey and may come to investigate.
The Country Code, The Countryside Code and The Scottish Outdoor Access Code are sets of rules for visitors to rural, and especially agricultural, regions of the United Kingdom.
The Country Code dates back to the 1930s; the Countryside Code replaced it in 2004.
       Some websites that may be of interest:
www.redtractor.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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