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Dogs on the Chase

Take the lead

Be proud to follow the Cannock Chase Code

Small individual acts can make a huge collective difference to the special environment of Cannock Chase, an internationally important habitat.

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Keeping to paths helps protect ground nesting birds and reptiles that live on the heathland

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Keep your dog close and on a lead March to August as nightjars and woodlarks nest on the ground amongst the heather

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Dog poo changes the soil, plants and impacts the wildlife

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Nesting season is March to August, Protect ground nesting birds and reptiles that live on the heathland.

Booklet (Site Users Working Together)

Other animals and people may be frightened by dogs, please be respectful to other site users by keeping a safe distance and prevent dangerous situations.

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If you spot an Adder please watch from a safe distance and do not approach to avoid your dog getting hurt. Please go to the vet immediately if your dog is bitten.

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The Chase is home to many deer - this means ticks can be quite common. If bitten you will need to remove it as soon as possible. Contact your vet for advice.

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Dogs love to get muddy. In order to avoid the spread of pathogens and invasive species, please wash your dog down between travelling from different sites.

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Cattle graze on certain parts of Cannock Chase. Keep your dogs on a lead if you enter a grazing paddock.

Booklet (positive Behaviour Example)

It takes between 250 - 600 years for plastic to decompose, please take your litter home. 

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Let's protect Cannock Chase together for future generations to point at for the right reasons, the special habitats of an internationally important habitat. 

It’s Bird Nesting Season! Dogs on leads in the heathlands please

The heathlands and large forest clearings are nesting sites for the Nightjar that migrate from Africa each spring.  They are an increasingly rare species and need our help to enable them to nest and raise their young safely.

We ask for you to please keep your dogs on leads in the heather from the beginning of April until the end of August.

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Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation Partnership

An Internationally Important Landscape in the Heart of Cannock Chase

  • Stafford Borough Council
  • Cannock Chase Council
  • Lichfield District Council
  • South Staffordshire Council
  • East Staffordshire Borough Council
  • City of Wolverhampton Council
    • Forestry England
    • National Trust