Some of the reasons for these guidelines are:
• Dogs may leave behind their territorial markings which disrupts the movement of native animals such as foxes and hedgehogs.
• Dogs often dig and forage. This disturbs and may destroy the habitats of the animals and birds that live here.
• Dogs may attack birds and disrupt their nesting sites, some of which are on the ground or on the water’s edge.
• Dogs often chase and can cause injury to small animals such as lizards, mice, frogs and grass snakes.
• Some dogs enjoy entering water however the reservoirs at Walthamstow Wetlands can be dangerous with steep sides, hidden currents and obstacles/equipment just below the water surface. Certain algae in the water is also toxic to dogs.
For the well-being of the native plants, animals and birds here at Walthamstow Wetlands, we seek your cooperation to leave your dogs at home when you visit Walthamstow Wetlands.
Thank you for your understanding and we hope you enjoy your visit.
We do make an exception for assistance dogs on duty. Assistance dogs must be kept on the lead and under control and harnesses must state “working or assistance dog.”