Rangers at National Trust Nymans hosted a special family friendly evening for all local dog owners at the well-known gardens on the evening of 15 June.
As well as rangers from the National Trust the evening was well attended by the British Ornithological Society and Haywards Heath District Canine Society as well as other dog related businesses.
The evening raised awareness of the impacts of dog walking upon habitats, bird species and other wildlife.
Nymans Ranger, Tom Hill, says “We want to develop a positive relationship with dog walkers and get their ideas on how to help them get the most from their visits to Nymans in a way that doesn’t impact upon the wildlife that we work to conserve. Ideally we’d like to spark conversations and discussions on the topic.
The event was well supported in the local community with representatives from local businesses and campaign groups as well as people from wildlife organisations too.
People enjoyed: a dog & bird fact quiz with prizes, donated dog treats from Pets Corner, a wildlife themed dog obedience activity organised by Haywards Heath District Canine Society (prizes were given for the best behaved dog), a representative from the ‘how to train your human’ initiative who explained the needs of animals, representatives from wildlife organisations were available to answer questions and marshmallow toasting with the rangers.
Children from Handcross Primary School have been making bird and dog themed posters and the winning poster was announced at the event.
Ranger Tom Hill will be visiting the school on the 26 June for a special assembly, where he’ll be giving a prize to the winning entry.
Report and picture contributed by the National Trust.