The Wildlife Trust has been spray-painting dog mess bright colours at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows nature reserve in an effort to shock irresponsible owners into changing their bad habits.
The move follows from a similar campaign carried out at Totternhoe Quarry nature reserve in Bedfordshire earlier in the year which helped to reduce dog mess at the site by 90%.
Officers and volunteers have been patrolling the reserve and using brightly coloured spray-paint to blast any offending discoveries. They have also be talking to visitors and putting posters up to inform people about the campaign, encouraging dog owners to ‘bag it and bin it’.
It is hoped that the scheme will highlight the scale of dog fouling at this popular site for dog walking and embarrass the owners into clearing up after their pets.
Louise Tuffin, Nene Valley Education and Community Manager at the Wildlife Trust, said: “Dog fouling is one of the biggest complaints we receive from visitors. It’s extremely unpleasant when it is left lying around and has potential health risks.
“This spray-paint makes this mess really obvious so the owners get the message that it is disgusting wherever it is left, and that we think they should be picking it up.”
For more information about Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows nature reserve visit www.wildlifebcn.org or contact the Wildlife Trust on 01604 405285.