Water Voles and Dogs

We have had a concern raised about dogs being let off the lead on Eastgate and allowed to play in the beck.

As you know, the beck is home to the water vole, which is a protected species. This is their breeding season and we need to ensure we protect them from any risk of their habitat being disturbed.

In addition, some residents have said that, regardless of the water voles, they are uncomfortable when dogs are off the lead in the middle of the village.

Therefore we would like to politely request that you keep your dogs on the lead while in the centre of the village, so that we can keep water voles and residents alike happy. Thank you.

Happily, there appear to be a lot of water voles around at the moment, so we are confident that they are thriving.