Dogs owners are regularly prompted to clean up after their pets when walking in public parks and walkways; however, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (BBNPA) are reminding owners of the consequences of failing to clean up dog faeces when walking in the countryside, too – as livestock and other pets are at risk.
On the border between Mid and South Wales, Brecon Beacons National Park is a living and working landscape – home to around 33,000 people. BBNPA Delivery Director Steve Gray encourages fellow dog owners who use the countryside to play their part and keep the National Park clean for everyone to enjoy.
He said, “The majority of dog walkers are responsible and do clean up after their pets. But there is a minority out there who still don’t and may not realise the harm they can cause to livestock and other dogs.”
Dog faeces carry a number of diseases and parasites which contaminate the land, infecting the animals’ food source. Meat can become condemned and cannot be sold by farmers, which can have a significant impact on their livelihood.
Mr Gray added, “As well as the financial implications, there are some extremely unpleasant effects for people. Toxocariasis is probably the most well-known and can permanently damage a person’s vision and in extreme cases cause neurological damage. The eggs can survive on the ground for up to three years, so it is as important to clear up all land to protect livestock for the long term.”
BBNPA are working in partnership with all UK National Parks and the manufacturers of the Dicky Bag to encourage dog owners to be responsible. The Dicky Bag is a hygienic and durable sealed bag that stores full dog poo bags. It is designed to be taken on walks that have limited access to dog waste bins, making clearing up after dogs easier in countryside locations.
Mr Gray discovered the Dicky Bag when he joined BBNPA as Delivery Director last month.
“No dog owner enjoys carrying dog poo around with them when they are out with their pet,” he said. “When I was given the Dicky Bag to trial I was really impressed. If you pet does their business when you’ve begun walking, it can be very unpleasant carrying it until you find a dog waste bin. Solutions such as this are excellent and can help us as an Authority keep the countryside clean and tidy for all to enjoy.”
The Dicky Bag is available to buy on the BBNPA online store and at their Visitor Centre and Information Centres.