‘Take it away’ plea to beach dog walkers

17:31 27 March 2012




Dog walkers who use Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton beaches are being told to clean up after their pets - and then take the waste with them.

The warning comes from the Marine Conservation Society, which held a national Beachwatch Big Weekend last September and found the amount of dogs mess in bags being left on beaches had increased by 11 per cent annually.

There was better news overall, however, as overall rubbish levels had dropped by 11 per cent.

MCS Beachwatch Officer Lauren Davis said: “We’re delighted pet owners enjoy dog-friendly beaches and clearly think ahead by carrying poop scoop bags. But we hope our findings will now encourage them to take the bag off the beach and bin it in one of the many receptacles provided for the job.

“Leaving a bag full of poo on the beach will result in preserved excrement, protected from the elements for years by a bag which could take a long time to break down.”

The Big Weekend event saw a team of 130 volunteers collecting 26 bags of rubbish from Exmouth beach, and a handful of volunteers collecting bags in Budleigh Salterton.


Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:08

The funeral of well-known volunteer Doris Stevens-Munn will be held this week on Thursday, October 8.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
Bassetts Farm primary were first in the Best Wildlife Garden cateogory in the Exmouth in Bloom competiton and youngsters are pictured with bloom members and Karen Turner from Birds and Bees who presented them with a hamper. Ref exe 2593-40-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Green-fingered school children have been rewarded for their efforts, after picking up prizes in Exmouth in Bloom’s local gardens competition.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:24
Award winners  (l to r) Phil Ball, Rob Crabbe, Neville Causley and Pete Cable. 
n	Picture:Richard Horobin

Seventy-five years of service to the RNLI by past and present crew is recognised

Read more
Yesterday, 13:52
You can lead a horse to water.... Jessie the horse is pictured in the bar at The Poltimore Inn, North Molton, with landlord Alan Boddington. Picture: Submitted

No long faces as horse walks into North Molton’s Poltimore Inn for breakfast

Read more
Slade Close residents Raymond and Evyln Hearn who miss having a regular town bus service Ref sho 7140-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Fearful shoppers and businesses say plans to extend Ottery’s town bus service cannot come quick enough - as traders and residents suffer its loss.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Aerial view of Exmouth Ref: 23-05-0043SH

A new ‘state-of-the-art’ patrol boat costing up to £60,000 could be taking to the waters of the River Exe to catch troublesome jet-skiers.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:57

Tell us your favourite thing about North Devon by tweeting us using #WeAreNorthDevon.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:09
Derelict Ottermill Switchgear building in flames on Saturday

Crews fought the flames in the early hours of Saturday morning

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Large amounts of glass can be found on the duck pond at low tide. Ref exe 0151-40-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Shards of glass littering the Exe Estuary, near the Imperial Recreation Ground, are the result of work carried out to try to shore up the former landfill site, district bosses have said.

Read more
Sidmouth, Port Royal. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 0934-03-12AW

Anger at plans to redevelop a car park for social housing is a ‘battle’ that risks distracting residents from the ‘war’ over eastern town, a representative has warned.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Find a job in Devon

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications