Dog Control Orders on the Beach

Dog Control Orders on the Beach

In order to maintain clean standards of bathing water, there are dog control orders on the beach from May to September each year. In common with the rest of the UK, dogs are excluded only from designated bathing beaches. So there are plenty of other places where you can walk your four legged friend.

Dog Control Orders on the Beach

Dog Control Orders on the beach apply to the designated bathing beaches in each of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre local authority areas.

  • Dogs aren’t allowed on Blackpool beach between North Pier and the Solaris
  • No Dogs on St Annes main amenity beach around the Pier, in the borough of Fylde
  • Dogs banned from Cleveleys beach between Cafe Cove and the Blackpool boundary, in the borough of Wyre
  • No Dogs on Marine Beach, Fleetwood, which is also in Wyre

The dog control orders were introduced in 2012/13 after consultation with dog owners, as well as beach users.

Assistance dogs are allowed in areas where the ban would otherwise apply, but they should not be exercised off lead in these areas.

Where you can take dogs on Blackpool beaches 

Details for dog bans on Fylde beaches 

Find out about dogs on Fleetwood beaches

Details for dogs on Cleveleys beaches

When You Walk your Dog on a Beach –

Please be a responsible dog owner. Think about other dog walkers whose pets will be attracted to the smell of your pets waste (gruesome, but true!). Think about other beach users who may step in it. Think about the environment, and what effect multiple piles of dog waste will have on the sea.

Any dog owners must pick up after their pet when walking them on the beach. This applies on all beaches all through the year, and it also applies wherever you are on the beach – above or below the tideline.

Dog control orders on the beach
Irresponsible orders leaving dog poo like this is why we have dog control orders on the beach

Otherwise the faeces can be swept up and affect the quality of our sea water during the testing season. On a beach which remains dry at high tide your pets little pile could sit there for weeks before finally decomposing. Posing a health hazard to all those around it, and making our lovely beaches dirty and unhygenic.

The majority of dog owners are responsible and everyone is encouraged to follow their example. Please don’t be the dog owner who gives everyone else a bad name. It’s because some people just will not pick up that we have dog control orders on the beach. If everybody could be trusted to pick up, everytime, things might be different!

Bagged dog waste can be put in any public bin. Leaving bagged dog poo on the path or on the beach is worse than just walking away from it. It won’t decompose like this and the bag can be a hazard to wildlife and animals.

Don't bag dog poo and throw the bag on the floor. Please bin it. Dog control orders on the beach
Don’t bag dog poo and throw the bag on the floor. Please bin it.

Picking up after your dog is just one of the things that people can do to help improve bathing water quality here on the Fylde coast.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says dog dirt causes high levels of bacteria and leads to both reduced water quality and a human health risk.

“Pet owners please think ahead and carry plastic bags”, a spokesperson for MCS said. And added “We hope they will take the bag off the beach and bin it in one of the many receptacles provided for the job.”

British Waterways launched a campaign to stop dog walkers leaving bags of dog dirt hanging from trees and hedgerows near canals which is another common sighting in rural areas, as it is here on the Fylde Coast.

Please don’t let our Fylde Coast beaches end up filthy, or any of the beautiful rural spots, many of which are to be found locally.

Pick up your dog’s poo wherever it lands. You can put your wrapped dog dirt in any of the bins for ordinary litter – you don’t have to use a red dog bin.

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