Dogs on the Coast

Don’t go anywhere without your dog? Take an invigorating beach walk while your four-legged friend paddles along the shore beside you. Find our useful guide below to help explore with your dog responsibly.

Space for Shorebirds Dog Rangers

At various times of the year different shorebirds including Arctic Terns and the Purple Sandpiper, come to the Northumberland Coast to breed along the Northumberland Coast. Space for shorebirds are asking dog owners to get their dog to take the Dog Ranger pledge

Dog Zone Initiative

During spring and summer Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve provides shelter for the largest population of breeding Little Tern and Ringed Plover in the county. Studies have shown that even when a dog is on a lead, their presence can cause ground-nesting birds to leave the nest, resulting in the abandonment of eggs or chicks.

To help protect the breeding shorebirds, from 1 May - 1 September 2021 a trial dog zoning scheme is being introduced on Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.
  • Dog free area - the area around the Wide Opens extending to Ross Back Sands south and north to the Beacons and Blackl Law; and the western section of Budle Bay
  • Area where dogs will be allowed to be exercised off their leads - the North Shore on Holy Island (maximum of 2 dogs per individual & owners must still be in control of their dogs and must be able to get them back to heel quickly)
  • Remainder of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve - dog owners will be required to keep their dog on a short lead (1.5 metre) at all times (maximum of 2 dogs per individual)

Temporary signage will explain which dog zone is in operation at that particular location. Further information on the dog zone initiative, including a map of the area, is available on the Northumberland Coast AONB website.

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