Lambing is well under way at this time of year and there's specific information on the Seasonal Advice page for dog walkers. The information below is a short summary of the key things to remember from the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
The Access Code says:
Access rights apply to people walking dogs as long as their dogs are kept under proper control. Your main responsibilities are:
- Farm animals:
- Never let your dog worry or attack farm animals.
- Don't take your dog into fields where there are lambs, calves or other young farm animals.
- If you go into a field of farm animals, keep your dog(s) on a short lead or under close control and keep as far as possible from the animals.
- If cattle react aggressively and move towards you, keep calm, let the dog go and take the shortest, safest route out of the field.
- Don't take your dog into fields of vegetables or fruit unless there is a clear path, such as a core path or right of way, and keep your dog to the path.
- Ground nesting birds:
- During the breeding season (usually April-July) keep your dog on a short lead or close at heel in areas such as moorland, forests, grasslands, loch shores and the sea shore to avoid disturbing birds that nest on or near the ground.
- Recreation areas and public places:
- avoid causing concern to others by keeping your dog close at heel or on a short lead.
- Dog waste:
- Pick up and remove your dog's faeces if it defecates in a public open place.
Download this leaflet for dog owners to find out more:
This leaflet from the British Horse Society Scotland has some very useful advice on how to stay safe with your dog around horses.