Coastal Code, Horses & Dogs


The beaches at Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham form part of a unique landscape, rich in wildlife and one which we need your help to protect. The area is popular with dog walkers throughout the year and we would like to remind all owners that it is your responsibility to keep your dog under close supervision and control and that you MUST clean up after your dog and use the dog waste bins provided.

Dog Zoning Proposal

Holkham National Nature Reserve is an internationally important site for its wildlife and valuable habitats. It is popular with many different visitors including dog walkers, day trippers, wildlife enthusiasts, horse riders and locals. In order to protect this precious environment for future generations to enjoy, we need to work together to ensure all our visitors and wildlife can coexist.

We are therefore proposing a zoning approach to the beach and foreshore for dogs, in order to protect internationally rare shore-nesting birds such as Little Terns. These birds are extremely sensitive to disturbance from humans and dogs. and also often nest in the start of embryo dunes or along the upper shoreline where they are very vulnerable.

A simple traffic light system will show the zones as ‘No dogs’, ‘Dogs on leads all year round’, ‘Dogs on leads April to July’, and ‘Dogs off leads’ where dogs will be able to run off the lead under control by the owner.

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We would like to hear your views on our proposals by completing our survey. Our consultation period will run until 28th February 2021 with a view to implementing zoning from April onwards ready for the 2021 bird nesting season.

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