Visitors to Lorton Meadows asked to adhere to safety advice
Monday 19th November 2018
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is asking visitors to the Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve in Weymouth to take extra care as cattle will be present for the first time during the winter period. More will be added in spring 2019.
There will be seven female cows and one bull present in the fields at Lorton Meadows over the winter. DWT is urging visitors walking dogs to observe the dog traffic lights system now operating for their own safety, and to ensure they do not disturb or approach cattle whilst enjoying the nature reserve.
DWT’s Community Conservation Officer, Sam Dallimore said, “We welcome dogs and their owners to Lorton Meadows, where the welfare of both people and animals is very important to us. The introduction of the dog traffic light system is essential to ensure that visitors enjoy our nature reserve safely when we have cattle or ground-nesting birds present. Lorton Meadows has such a diverse and wonderful habitat, including a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and areas used by ground nesting birds from February to August. We hope that as long as visitors can adhere to the traffic light system when walking dogs, close gates and ensure they don’t disturb cattle, then this can continue to be a great place for people to enjoy and for wildlife to thrive in.”
The traffic light system is used on all the gates at Lorton Meadows. A red sign means no dogs are allowed, an amber sign means dogs must be kept on leads and a green sign means dogs are permitted but must be kept under effective control. Visitors are also invited to drop into the Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre before their walk to pick up a map and trail leaflet where staff and volunteers can answer any questions.
All the information can also be found on the Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve page here.
To contact Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, phone 01305 816546 or email .
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas. Dorset Wildlife Trust registered charity number: 200222.
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