The National Sheep Association is calling upon people to pay more respect for the countryside after a series of incidents during the lockdown hot weather
The Association has heard of distressing reports from all devolved nations, despite lockdown regulations being tighter outside of England.
Reports have ranged from cars parked in narrow lanes preventing access, to used disposable BBQs and litter being left in fields. People are being caught out because they expect toilet facilities and there are concerning cases where livestock are being encountered with no idea over how to behave. A new category of dogs is also experiencing livestock for the first time and its no surprise that uncontrolled they are finding a new form of ‘fun’.
NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker comments: “NSA has long believed that people visiting the countryside benefit physically and mentally and that in most cases they appreciate what they experience. In many cases, visitors also contribute to rural economies and get the opportunity to see some farming in action and learn more about the fabric of the countryside. However, with the lockdown restrictions now easing and so many attractions and venues still closed, we are seeing people coming onto farms who wouldn’t normally do so and some of the things we are seeing suggest that there is either little knowledge of, or care about the Countryside Code.”