Dog Owners on the Sefton
Code of Conduct (March 2011)
Sefton Coast and Countryside
Service manage all of Sefton Council’s beaches. Our main aim as
beach managers is to make Sefton’s beaches a safer place for
Although the beaches look
safe, there are many hidden natural hazards as well as other beach
and coastal activities taking place by other users. The Sefton
Coast has a wealth of habitats, which are protected, and are
home to species of such rarity that they have been afforded
their own protection.
The Sefton Coast is
recognised as an important area for recreation and conservation.
With this in mind Sefton has implemented a Beach Management Plan.
Some of this plan is visible on the beach, such as vehicle free
zones, dog and horse free zones, a bathing area for the public,
flagpoles and warning signs.
These guidelines, with your
help, should make the beach a safer place for everyone.
Please observe some basic
- Keep your dog under close
control at all times. If you cannot control your dog, keep it on a
- Never let your dog roam
around the coast unattended. A dog out of sight might be out of
control. It must not be allowed to disturb or chase wildlife or
livestock (remember – at certain times of year some birds nest on
the ground, there can be large flocks of wading birds on the
beaches and dune slacks can contain Natterjack Toad spawn /
- Do not allow your dog to
disturb other coast visitors. Remember that dogs and groups of dogs
can be very intimidating to other beach users – be considerate to
other beach users particularly children.
- You must clean up after
your dog. Failure to clean up dog waste is an offence under the
cleaner Neighbourhoods Act 2005. You could incur a
£75 fixed penalty or be fined up to
£1000 if prosecuted. If there is no bin, then take
your dog waste home. Littering attracts the same penalty as dog
- Your dog must wear a collar
and tag. The tag must have the owner's details on it; you may be
prosecuted if your dog does not have one.
Dog Exclusion Zones:
There are two Dog Exclusion
Zones are in place from 1st of May to the
30th September. This gives other visitors a choice and
keeps the bathing areas free of dog mess.
Beach is free of dogs from the Pier for 555m south
(towards Pleasureland) and to the tide line.
Beach is free of dogs 200m either side of the main beach
entrance, and to the tide line.
Both the Dog Exclusion Zones
are well signed during the summer season.