As the Easter weekend fast approaches I am sure many of you are gearing up for a few trips out in your Land Rover. If you are thinking of going ‘off the beaten path’ and getting off-road we must all consider the environment in which we travel. We all know how much fun it is to blast along dirt tracks and green lanes but please stick to the Green Road Code of Conduct and consider our wildlife and livestock.
Many green lanes cross farmland that is home to livestock. Springtime, in particular, is a time when animals are more vulnerable, as many are caring for their young and will easily become distressed. It is vitally important that we drive and act appropriately to avoid distress, loss of animals, or in extreme cases even injury or death.
When driving in close proximity to livestock, please follow these simple rules:
- Always close the gate after you
- Drive slowly, stop as and when you need to
- Avoid making loud unnecessary noises
- Only drive on permitted land
- Report any loose, distressed or injured animals to the landowner or local authority
- Keep dogs in your vehicle or on a lead
- Report illegal or irresponsible driving and activity to the police
- Take your litter home!
Coming from a farming background myself I know that if we all follow these simple rules, it can make a real difference to the way farmers will feel about the off-roading community.
If we all respect their homes and working environment, this will help keep our lanes open for all!