Skip to main content

Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01423: Stuart McMillan (Greenock and Inverclyde)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 1 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it offers to dog owners who use farmland to exercise their pets.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 8 November 2017

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code requires dogs to be kept on a short lead or under close control in fields where livestock are present. The Code also requires people with dogs to avoid fields containing lambs, calves or other young animals, and fields containing vegetables or fruit.

Since spring 2013, Scottish Natural Heritage has participated in a series of campaigns aimed at dog walkers such as the “Sheep Wise” campaign launched last spring.

Most recently, the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime launched a campaign on 1 November to raise awareness among dog owners about the devastating effects of livestock worrying.