Barking Up The Right Tree!

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Recently, our JURASSIC BARK PURBECK team of volunteers (part of our Love Langton group) turned out to get serious about the issue of dog fouling on public footpaths on the National Trust’s South Purbeck estate around Spyway Car Park, Spyway Farm and along the Priest’s Way to the hamlet of Acton.

This area is working farmland where two tenant farmers rear their livestock (beef cattle and sheep) looking after the land and making their livings. Jurassic Bark Purbeck is based on a similar project that started in Burton Bradstock, West Dorset. 1/3rd citizen-science, 1/3rd behaviour change project and 1/3 clean-up, and working with the National Trust and the farmers, Jurassic Bark Purbeck will run through the summer to highlight the hazards posed to farmers’ livestock by dog poo.

Most dog owners ensure that their pets are regularly wormed to prevent spread of parasites (neospora caninum and toxicara canis) to other dogs, to wildlife and importantly to livestock and most dog owners always pick up after their dogs. A few don’t, though, and they don’t realise quite how many dog walkers come here….leaving behind piles of POO. So, we’re highlighting the issue quite literally by spraying POO and POO BAGS with environmentally-friendly fluorescent spray to remind others to take away anything that their dogs happen to drop! Let’s hope the few who don’t clear up after their dogs will get the message and #bagitandtakeitaway. There’s just too much of it (over 50 poos and nearly 20 bags sprayed this time) and it’s just got to go from this beautiful wild open countryside!

Bridget Mayes, Love Langton.

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