Dog owners urged to keep pets out of Cranbrook’s SUDS

PUBLISHED: 06:55 13 June 2017

A SuD behind housing in Cranbrook. Water runs off from roads and properties on higher ground and collects in one of the man-made gullys surrounding the Country Park. From here the water is controlled, eventually running off in to the Cranny Brook. Picture: Paul Strange.

A SuD behind housing in Cranbrook. Water runs off from roads and properties on higher ground and collects in one of the man-made gullys surrounding the Country Park. From here the water is controlled, eventually running off in to the Cranny Brook. Picture: Paul Strange.

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Cranbrook’s dog owners are being urged to keep their pets away from the large ponds - sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) – that surround the Country Park and other areas.

A SuD on one side of Cranbrook Country Park. Picture: Paul Strange. A SuD on one side of Cranbrook Country Park. Picture: Paul Strange.

The request comes from the town’s Country Park ranger, following a report that dogs have been seen exercising in the water.

A Cranbrook resident – who did not wish to be named – told the Herald that they had seen the activity, and were concerned about the possible harm to local wildlife, such as ducks and egrets.

“The steep-sided nature of many of the SUDs make them unsuitable for safe access – certainly for people and even dogs – so I would discourage anyone from allowing their dog to exercise in them,” said Emma Jones, the Cranbrook Country Park ranger.

“As a conservationist I would urge people to not allow their pets into water where there are any young animals, as their playful actions can be deeply distressing for animals such as ducklings and can inadvertently destroy fragile wildlife such as emerging dragonflies.”

And there’s more dog-related news.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has issued new guidelines to dog owners.

Three of Cranbrook’s play areas have dog exclusion zones in force, plus a fourth area south of the town.

The dog exclusion zones are Hayes Square play park, St Martin’s play park, Londinium Way play park in Rockbeare and Cranbrook nature reserve (south of the old A30).

Dog owners risk an £80 fine if they take their dog on to – or allow their dog to enter or remain on – these exclusion zones.

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