At this time of year we're increasingly concerned about the distress that dogs can cause to nesting birds and wild mammals if they are allowed to run free.
After the gruesome discovery of a lapwing and its chicks which had been savaged to death by a dog on Little Woolden Moss, in Salford, we're desperate to reiterate just how important it is for dog owners to be vigilant and responsible on their walks.
Wildlife Trust Campaigns Manager, Alan Wright, said:
“The lapwing and its chicks were killed by a dog which had disturbed their nest. Imagine the distress that the parent lapwing went through as it tried to defend its chicks?
“Ground nesting birds aren't the only animals to consider. Just last year I watched in horror as a pair of lurchers chased a young roe deer through woodland. The fawn was in complete panic and the dogs, which were pets, were letting out frenzied barks as they chased it. It was a horrible thing to witness.”