Appeal to owners to keep dogs on a lead after duck is killed at Brickfield Pond

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Appeal to owners to keep dogs on a lead as duck killed at Brickfield Pond

Denbighshire Countryside Service is asking visitors to Brickfields Pond nature reserve in Rhyl to keep their dogs on a lead – in light of recent concerns about threat to wildlife at the site.

Concerns have been raised locally about the threat posed to wildlife by dogs who are off their leads. In one of the most recent incidents reported at the weekend, a duck was killed after a dog was allowed off its lead.

Countryside Service staff have placed secure fencing for a resident swan at the location and is looking at raising awareness of protecting wildlife by appealing to the public to keep their dogs on a lead at the location.

Tony Ward, Denbighshire’s Head of Highways and Environment, said: “We fully appreciate why dog owners want to use Brickfields Pond as a location to walk their animals.  The majority of the owners do so responsibly by keeping their dogs on a lead and we thank them for being so community spirited.

“The small number of individuals that allow their dogs off their lead need to be aware of the increased risk posed to wildlife at the location. Brickfields is a haven for wildlife and we want to keep it that way. All we ask is that dog owners keep their animals on a lead and to be respectful to other users of the site, as well as the local wildlife.

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“A similar campaign called Take the Lead has been running in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and that has proved successful, with many dog owners now keeping their animals on a lead.  We will continue to push this message to users of Brickfields Pond, asking them to take a similar approach to protecting wildlife at this important site”.

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