1. Plan aheadPlanning is essential for a safe day in the countryside.
3. Stick to pathsOn farmland you must stay to the paths to prevent damage to crops and reduce the risks of disturbing livestock. On nature reserves staying on the paths helps to protect the animals and preserve the rare species many people come to see.
4. Take your litter homeLitter is not just an eye-sore, it can injure animals. Make sure that you take ALL of your litter home.
5. Don't light firesFires can destroy entire habitats in a matter of seconds. Don't light fires, drop cigarettes or matches in the countryside.
6. Keep your dog under controlBy law, you must keep your dog under control to prevent any disturbance to wildlife and farm animals.
You may let your dog off its lead, but it must still be under your control. If you cannot control your dog, you must use a lead.
Cattle may chase dogs if they are disturbed; this can be dangerous for the owner, as the dog will run back to its owner and the cows will follow.
7. Consider othersWhen using the countryside, think of others.