Take the lead

Over a million visitors and 300,000 dogs visit Holkham and Wells beaches each year, and numbers are continuing to increase.  As part of the Holkham National Nature Reserve, the beaches and areas around them are home to an incredible amount of wildlife. The increase in visitors and, in particular, dogs has started to have a noticeable, detrimental effect on some of the fragile, precious plants, birds and animals which should thrive here. We know just how much our visitors and their dogs enjoy this special place and therefore we are proposing a zoning of areas to ensure that dogs and their owners can have an enjoyable visit, the internationally rare wildlife is protected, and our beaches are spaces which everyone can enjoy.

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* 1. Do you bring a dog/dogs to walk at Holkham and/or Wells beaches?

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* 2. If yes, how often do you bring your dog(s) to Holkham and/or Wells beaches? (If no please go onto question 3)

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* 3. How do you feel about the numbers of dogs at Holkham and/or Wells beaches?

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* 4. Do you understand the reasons why we are proposing zoned areas for dogs?

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* 5. Are you supportive in principle of our zoned areas? (Dog free, dogs on leads (April 1st - July 31st inclusive), dogs off leads under owners control)

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* 6. Would you suggest any amendments/alterations to our proposed areas? Please note we are not planning to alter the dog free zone at Wells beach.

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* 7. The Holkham National Nature Reserve stretches along 18km and it is our job to ensure that all visitors, including dog owners, understand the fragility of this area and have the knowledge to help them behave responsibly.  Which of the following ways of getting the message across would be most effective for you? (Tick as many that apply).

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* 8. Do you have any other thoughts on how we can help to balance the enjoyment of our visitors to Wells and Holkham beaches with the needs of wildlife? Please comment here

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