How can I help?

The Thames Basin Heaths is one of the most important wildlife sites in Europe. It is however under pressure, and your help is needed to ensure its preservation for both wildlife and people.

When visiting the Thames Basin Heaths, you can really help make a difference by:

  • Sticking to paths: Keeping to paths reduces the risk of disturbing the rare birds that nest on the ground amongst the vegetation.
  • Keeping dogs on paths and under your control: Keeping dogs on the track, and either close to you and in sight or on a lead from late February to early September helps avoid disturbing the rare ground nesting birds, and helps avoid adder and tick bites. Throwing a stick or ball down the track rather than out onto the heath can help.
  • Always bagging and binning: Dog waste fertilises the ground, and kills off the heathland plants that make the Thames Basin Heaths special. It can also spread disease.
  • Reducing the risk of fire: Please never discard cigarettes, bring BBQ’s or light camp fires.
  • Consider visiting alternative greenspaces that have been set aside for you to explore and enjoy, and where dogs can roam off-lead. You can search for alternative sites here.

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