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Help protect the countryside this summer

Help protect the countryside this summer

IF you are planning a pleasant trip or picnic to enjoy the beautiful moorland vistas surrounding our communities do make sure you take precautions.

Dovestones and other popular visitors havens in The Peak District National Park  has experienced devastating effects recently.

Now the RSPB who manage the site, along with landowners United Utilities, and partners the Peak District National Park, Life for a Life Memorial Forests, and  Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire Service have launched a joint appeal to those planning a visit.

Miriam Biran, RSPB Visitor Experience Manager at Dovestones said: “It’s great to see folk out enjoying nature and all the health and well-being benefits that brings.

“But we ask all visitors to observe and respect some simple countryside rules which protect the area and the wildlife which calls it home.”


The message is simple and applies to all visitors to Dovestones:

  • No lighting fires
  • No BBQs allowed anywhere on site
  • Take all litter home
  • Dogs must be on leads from  now until July (and in certain areas from now until August).
  • Park vehicles responsibly, take notice of double yellow lines and follow instructions from the Dovestone marshals.

Miriam added: “The rules are not  to stop people from having fun.”

“This is why no fires or BBQs are allowed on-site. The risk of them getting out of control is simply too high.”

“Litter is unsightly and a danger to wildlife and livestock, as well as being a fire hazard. Glass along with discarded cigarette butts is a real fire threat.”

And  visitors are urged to call the fire service on 999 immediately if they spot smoke or flame.

“This is why no fires or BBQs are allowed on-site. The risk of them getting out of control is simply too high.”

All dogs must be on a lead from April-July to protect sheep with lamb.

There are also a variety of birds which nest on the ground. The parents, their eggs and chicks can easily be disturbed by dogs, so dogs should be on leads during nesting season from March-August and dog  excrement should be cleaned up and placed in bins.

There are marshals on site, funded by Oldham Council, the RSPB, United Utilities, Peak District National Park and Life for a Life Memorial Forests, to help spread and enforce these messages.

The Greater Manchester Fire Service have also trained up more volunteers to support fire patrols which is making a positive difference.


Miriam added: “If everyone sticks to these simple rules then Dovestones can remain a fantastic home to nature and a place for all to enjoy.”

Dovestone reservoir is owned by United Utilities and RSPB manage the estate. 

The partnership aims to encourage public access and recreation, while protecting water quality and wildlife for future generations.

So go and enjoy!


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