Leaving no trace

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Hear from Nick, a Surrey Farmer, about how we can all protect, respect and enjoy the countryside for people and nature. Farms not only produce crops for us, but also create vital habitat for wildlife. Hear from Nick and why it is important for us to take special care when journeying though designated paths through farmland.

“Surrey’s countryside is shared between people and nature. Remember to leave no trace of your visit and be aware that a farm is a working environment. 

In this short video taken on his farm in Norbury Park, Nick explains the importance of being aware that a farm is a working environment. He highlights a few tips on leaving no trace of your visit including;

  • Leave gates and property as you find them or follow instructions on signs. Farmers close gates to keep animals in or leave them open to give access to food and water. Do not interfere with farm machinery, horses or livestock. If you think a farm animal is in distress, try to alert the farmer.
  • Stay on marked paths, even if they’re muddy, this helps to protect crops and wildlife.
  • Use gates, stiles or gaps in field boundaries where you can. Climbing over boundaries can cause damage and put livestock at risk.
  • Give wild animals, livestock and horses plenty of space. Their behaviour can be unpredictable, especially when they are with their young and you could get hurt.
  • Do not feed livestock, horses or wild animals as it can cause them harm.
  • Keep dogs under control and on a lead when on farmland.
  • Always clean up your dog’s poo because it can cause illness in people, livestock and wildlife. Never leave bags of dog poo around, If you cannot find a public waste bin, you should take it home and use your own bin.

Read more about the Countryside Code.