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Some dog restriction signs removed from Gobions

“Dogs must be kept under control” signs taken down

Blue dog restriction sign - image by North Mymms News released under Creative Commons

Some of the blue signs at Gobions Wood nature reserve, put up by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT), have been removed.

The signs marked the areas where, according to the HMWT, dogs must be kept under control at all times and where no professional dog walkers are allowed.

HMWT doesn’t know who removed the signs or why.

The colour-coded signs were introduced by the trust to protect “the delicate nature of the habitat or due to the presence of grazing animals”.

Dog restriction signs - image by HMWT released under Creative Commons

The blue signs that have gone missing read:
  • Dogs must be kept under control at all times.
  • Dogs must not be allowed into the water.
  • Dog walkers must be in control of no more than three dogs per person.
  • No professional dog walkers.
  • Sections of the reserve may be closed to dogs.
  • Please clean up after your dog.
HMWT has a section on its website where it explains the thinking behind the signs and why there are rules for dogs on nature reserves.

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