It all seemed quite straightforward. Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) has decided to clarify its rules about dogs on Holme’s beaches because of the threat dogs can pose to wildlife.
The new requirements include dogs being kept on a short lead from March to August, under close control at other times. In addition, one area is to be kept completely dog-free. Not unreasonable you might think, given these beaches are internationally important for some bird species. Norfolk Wildlife Trust is acting on behalf of the landowner.
Some vociferous dog owners disagree.
There has been much indignation from dog-owners in a Facebook community about their pets not being allowed to run free wherever they like at Holme. They are calling for people who are members of NWT to resign in protest.
This would seem to be something of a cutting-off-nose exercise, since membership gives free parking at any of their sites, including Holmes. Meanwhile, NWT say they have not see any significant increase in the number of resignations compared to usual since the survey went live.
Anyone who would like to take part in the public consultation, it closes on Sunday, so not much time!
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