Dave Griffiths, Tim Speller and Shay the dog

Today, the 12th of April, three new Dog Control Orders have come in to force on Butser Hill. These seek to control anti-social behaviour on this part of the Queen Elizabeth Country Park in the following ways;

Dog owners are now required to clear up after their pets and to remove the bagged waste from site, or to a designated bin.

The maximum number of dogs that any one person can walk on the hill is now 6.

And where the Park’s sheep or cattle are grazing dogs are required to be kept on a lead.

It is hoped that by introducing these DCOs Park Rangers will be able to monitor and deal with irresponsible behaviour on the hill. Ultimately the final sanction is a £75 fine and this can now can be issued by QE staff. The East Hampshire District Council Dog Warden has helped the Park to get this far following Council meetings, open public sessions and newspaper advertisements. The overwhelming majority of responses to our consultation have been supportive and we look forward to a busy season enjoyed by all users, and a safe and stress free one for our livestock.

More information including a map of the affected areas will be posted on the main Park web-site at www.hants.gov.uk/qecp

Further details about dog clubs, training and emergency contacts within the District can be found at www.easthants.gov.uk/ehdc/DogsAndAnimals.nsf