Spring is a great time to get out and explore the countryside and spot our amazing wildlife. But please take care while you are out and about not to disturb livestock or wildlife; keep dogs under control and stick to the paths. Ground nesting birds are particularly vulnerable to disturbance so take particular care where they might be present, in long grass and on heathland for example. They may be forced from their nests, which would leave eggs or chicks exposed.
The RSPB: Ask an expert: When is it safe to walk the dog in a field where birds might be nesting?
The Countryside Code – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)