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Dogs on beaches

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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. Dogs are not permitted on Lihou Island and Lihou causeway all year round.

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.

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. 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.

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