At Escot we have a number of public and permissive paths which are enjoyed by local dog walkers, most of whom are responsible, know the countryside code and respect it.
Some walkers don’t realise that the driveways are private and there isn’t actually a right of way for vehicles, or public parking except for visitors to the house for weddings or conferences. However, we do allow walkers to use an area of hardstanding adjacent to the river for parking.
Unfortunately, we have had a number of incidents where sheep and their lambs kept on Escot fields have been worried or injured by dogs. So, if you do walk your dog at Escot, please take a moment to read this update from Devon and Cornwall Police as it contains some important and useful information. Thank you so much.
1st March was the launch of this year’s livestock worrying campaign in Devon and Cornwall. Starting on Bodmin Moor, the local rural affairs officer along with police cadets, special constables and local policing officers are raising awareness of livestock worrying across the force area. Please note that in 2019 on Bodmin Moor alone 43 sheep were killed and 36 injured as a result of dog attacks.
Why is this important?
You are responsible for your dog. Livestock worrying is a crime and livestock that are chased or attacked by dogs are frequently killed or injured. This has a financial and emotional impact on all concerned and can affect the livestock long after the incident has taken place. Action may be taken against you and your dog.
What do you need to do?
Ensure responsible dog ownership. Dogs should not be unaccompanied outside of the home and their behaviour should be managed at all times. On access land your dog MUST be on a lead between the 1st of March and 31st July and at all times when livestock is present.
How can you prevent this?
Enjoy the countryside but keep your dog on a lead if livestock is present. Release your dog if chased by cattle.
Livestock worrying taking place at the time is considered an emergency, dial 999 and explain there is a dog attacking livestock with a precise location.
Livestock owners can advise dog walkers by giving clear notices advising of the presence of livestock, Location of footpaths and appropriate fencing.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if livestock has been chased or attacked and the dogs have left the location.
Farmers have the right to protect their livestock. Ensure you are aware of the legislation and your legal responsibilities.
For more advice – www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/livestockworrying