Pictured below left is: MP Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham) with West Sussex NFU chair Caroline Harriott (right) at a #takethelead awareness raising day for dog walkers in early March.
Watch and share our video of sheep farmers, police and MP Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham) asking Sussex dog owners to use a lead near livestock.
This film, shot in early March, promotes responsible dog ownership in the South Downs National Park. The NFU has been working with Sussex Police and the South Downs National Park Authority, supporting its #takethelead initiative. Farmers hosted awareness-raising events to talk to dog walkers at beauty spots on the South Downs and these events feature in this film. These are timely, given it is now the 'lambing season' with 330,000 ewes (female sheep) giving birth to lambs across West Sussex and East Sussex this spring.
NFU SE region has won support on social media and at a practical level from AONBs, Natural England, local access forums, vets, MPs and other decision makers. There is a Twitter moments collection of all the tweets, video clips, TV coverage and photos: https://twitter.com/i/moments/842485919139745793 - this has been regularly updated. This initiative is to be extended more widely across the NFU South East region between now and the summer, with support from NFU South East livestock board members. Dog walkers are also set to be targeted via countryside events and shows.