While we appreciate that exploring wild places can be even more fun with a dog bounding at your side, we also want to protect the special wildlife living on our nature reserves.
Of course, you can walk with your dog on any land in Scotland, and areas designated as 'open access' (under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act in England and Wales) as well as on public footpaths and bridleways.
In these areas, we encourage responsible dog walking, and ask you to keep your dog close to you, preferably on a lead, especially between 1 April and 30 June, the season many birds nest on the ground.
A few reserves have dedicated areas or paths for dog walking – please check the information for individual sites. At all other nature reserves, we ask you not to bring your dog (except registered assistance dogs).