The Heathland Code
Take care when you visit a heath... here is our suggested code:
- Follow the public paths to protect all our heathland wildlife and grazing animals.
Care of your heath
- Please take your litter home with you.
- Dumping of rubbish and fly tipping are criminal offences.
- Den building is a problem for heathlands please ensure you leave areas as you found them.
Grazing animals on the heath
- Ensure all gates are closed behind you.
Use of the heath
- Bicycles are allowed on certain paths on heathlands; look out for maps and signs.
- Creating ramps can be harmful to the heathland wildlife.
- It is illegal to use motorised vehicles on the heaths, and they may be confiscated if found on our heaths.
If you need to report a vehicle illegally using the heaths, please phone 01202 222 222
You and your dog
- Between February and August, please keep your dog on a short lead, to protect ground nesting birds and other wildlife.
- Clean up after your dog to avoid changing the soil nutrients encourage non-heathland grasses and exclude rarer heathland plants.
Fires can be fatal to heathland wildlife and cause problems for people who use our heaths.
Arson is a criminal offence.
- Heathlands can be very dangerous. Fires can move very quickly and can change direction in an instant.
- Fires can be caused in many ways; discarded cigarettes and matches may cause severe damage to heathlands.
- Fires are banned from all heathlands; this includes gas stoves and barbeques.
- Controlled, small-scale burning may take place on heathlands between October & February as a way of managing our heathland habitat.
If you'd like to visit a Dorset heath here are a couple of ideas: