How can I help?

Pictorial messages for "Keep to main paths", "Keep dogs out of vegetation" and "Prevent fires"

Share our simple messages…

  • Secure the future of local heathland. Keeping to main paths is the best way to reduce the risk of disturbing rare birds that nest on the ground or in vegetation.
  • Make the connection. The nesting birds give this land its legal protection. By looking after the birds, we can all play our part in making sure that protection stays in place.
  • Birds are nesting March to September. Avoid disturbing them, and give chicks the best chance of survival, by keeping to main paths.

Image of a bird flying off its nest in vegetation

Dog walkers can help by…

  • Keeping to main paths. Reducing the risk of disturbing rare birds that nest on the ground or in vegetation from March to September.
  • Keeping dogs out of vegetation. Throwing a stick or ball down the track, rather than into the heather, is a great way to help.
  • Keeping dogs under control. Or on a lead, if you’re not confident of your recall.
  • Always bagging & binning. Any bin will do. If there’s no bin, or the bin is full, please take it home. Never ‘stick and flick’.
  • Using ‘Greenspace on your doorstep’. Our directory lists over 70 dog-friendly, safe and sociable circular walks that are well worth seeking out.


Help prevent fires by…

  • Reducing the risk of fire. Please, no fires or BBQs, ensure cigarettes are out and take all litter home.
  • Speaking to children about fire safety. Educate children and don’t let them out with lighters or matches.
  • Being wildfire aware. Be familiar with what to do if you see a fire and never assume that someone has reported it.
  • Becoming an ambassador for fire prevention. By joining the K9 Fire Patrol with Surrey Fire & Rescue Service.


Get involved by…

  • Helping to spread the word. By joining a community group such as Heathland Hounds.


Drawing of a friendly dog looking at a nightjar on its nest


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