Most of Guernsey's beaches are dog friendly during the summer months. The beaches where dogs are banned between 1st May and 30th September are Fermain, Petit Bot, L'Erée, Vazon (Northern end), Cobo, Port Soif, L'Ancresse and Pembroke. Please see the map available to download on the right of this page.
Wildlife and dogs
Dog owners should always prevent their dog from chasing or disturbing wildlife, especially birds. Birds are particularly vulnerable during the breeding season, February to July.
Dogs are allowed on these beaches throughout the summer: Bordeaux Harbour Beach, Grandes Rocques Beach, Saint's Bay, Perelle, Portelet, Moulin Huet Bay, Petit Port, Marble Bay, Havelet Bay, Belle Grève Bay.
Dogs are not allowed on the following beaches: Fermain, Petit Bot, L'Erée, Vazon (Northern end), Cobo, Port Soif, L'Ancresse and Pembroke between 1st May - 30th September.
The ban at Northen end of Vazon starts from the drainage pipe near Richmond Kiosk.
Richmond Beach - Voluntary ban (between 1st May - 30th September)
Richmond Beach has its own classification as 'voluntary ban'. This means that even though you can take your dog on this beach it is an actual or potential nesting site for birds, so please keep dogs away from Vazon south (or at least on leads) in the summer to protect wildlife and birds.
Lihou Island and Lihou causeway
Dogs are not permitted on Lihou Island and Lihou causeway all year round.
Taking care of beaches, parks and paths
If you are a dog owner, pick up after your dog! Please tie the top of the bag and take the waste home, or put it in a public litter bin.
Please don't leave dog mess in a plastic bag at the side of the path or hanging on trees, hedges or fences. This is still a littering offence.
If you see someone else leaving the mess from their dog on public land, you can ask them to pick it up. If they refuse, you are encouraged to contact Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services or the Police with any details that may help lead to a successful prosecution (e.g. vehicle registration of dog owner/walker, description of dog and owner, etc). All calls will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
Registered Assistance Dogs
Owners of guide dogs are exempt from the Control of Dogs Ordinance. Please note special arrangements can also be made for dogs registered under the UK registered assistance dogs scheme, particularly for dogs for the hard of hearing. Under this arrangement, owners of registered assistance dogs can apply to the Department for a licence excluding them from most of the provisions of the Ordinance. However, such owners are still legally required to pick up faeces left by their dogs in public places. Please contact Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services for further details.