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 Initiative

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.

Following a comprehensive consultation with our visitors and stakeholders, we have put in place 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 shows the zones as ‘No dogs’, ‘Dogs on leads April to August’, and ‘Dogs off leads’ where dogs can be off the lead under control by the owner.

For further information, please see our blog post and our press release.

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