Test Valley Borough Council is asking residents to be respectful of social distancing guidelines and mindful of wildlife when visiting nature reserves.
Local parks and green spaces across the borough have been well used by many residents during the lockdown period. As the government issues new rules and lockdown eases, there will be more opportunities for residents to enjoy their local area.
The authority is reminding residents to keep dogs under effective control or on a lead across nature reserves, to ensure that wildlife is undisturbed. Signage has been erected highlighting nesting areas, with additional signage displaying the government’s most recent advice for safely using green spaces and how to social distancing guidance can be followed when outside.
Portfolio holder for Community and Leisure, Councillor Ian Jeffrey, said: “As we see more restrictions lifted by central government, we are all enjoying more time in our nature reserves and green spaces. The government have issued guidance to help everyone keep safe by following social distancing whilst enjoying the outdoors. These guidelines are reflected in our signage around the borough.
“At this time of year, there are also many water birds with vulnerable young and often use our nature reserves to raise their offspring. Whilst the vast majority of residents and visitors are respectful of wildlife, we must all work together to help the animals that call the borough their home, feel safe.”
Photos supplied with permission of photographer Brian Cartwright.