City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Tread Lightly This Spring, Urges Nature Agency

By edg - Posted on 10 March 2012

Going out for a ramble or a ride in the countryside this weekend? As spring approaches, government agency Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is reminding walkers and cyclists to be aware of vulnerable birds and animals.

Lambs and ground nesting birds are particularly vulnerable in spring, so SNH is asking dog walkers, cyclists, hill walkers, and anyone enjoying the outdoors to be particularly careful.

Ashleigh Tooth of SNH said: “Scotland has some of the best access laws in the world for those who enjoy the outdoors – but with that comes responsibility for our wildlife. We want to encourage everyone to enjoy Scotland’s nature while caring for Scotland’s countryside at the same time – whether that means keeping your dog under control, avoiding fires, or picking up litter.”

Fran Pothecary of the Cairngorms National Park Authority said: “We are delighted to support SNH’s national campaign of promoting responsible access in the outdoors, and we are taking it forward at a local level with our ‘Tread Lightly in the Park’ message. Through information and events, this will encourage people visiting and living in the Cairngorms National Park to enjoy its amazing places and help care for them at the same time.”