Dog walkers

Dog walkers

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Dogs on nature reserves

Nature reserves are special places, sensitively managed for the protection of wildlife. Dogs are a beloved companion for many people, but to wildlife they are a big and scary predator. Areas with regular dog walking can see a 35% reduction in wildlife. For these reasons we advise that dogs should not be taken on nature reserves.

Some of our larger reserves allow dogs if they are kept on a short lead. These include:

  • Gibraltar Point (dogs not permitted on the beach from 1 April to 1 September)
  • Snipe Dales Country Park (not Snipe Dales Nature Reserve)
  • Whisby Nature Park (dogs can be taken off the lead around Thorpe Lake)
  • Willow Tree Fen (on a short lead)

Dog walking in Lincolnshire

There are many public footpaths, open spaces and country parks in Lincolnshire where you can go dog walking. Dogs are also permitted on sites covered by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) and on public rights of way.

Take a look at our list of dog friendly walks in Lincolnshire below!

Codes of Conduct Dog Nature Reserve