Important Information for Dog-Owners and Dog-Walkers

It is that time of year when we ask dog-owners and dog-walkers to help us protect our wildlife by keeping their charges under control and, where requested, on lead.  

Bird/Wildfowl Breeding Season

As breeding season for ground-nesting birds fast approaches, Wimbledon and Putney Commons are asking visitors to the Commons to help protect these species, at a time when they are particularly vulnerable, by practising responsible dog walking.

The Commons are home to abundant wildlife who live and thrive in this natural environment and our ground-nesting birds and wildfowl on the ponds are starting to nest, they are very vulnerable to disturbance. Ground nests are usually well camouflaged in the long grass and may be little more than a shallow scrape, making it easy to forget they are present in the landscape. The stress of a dog or a person running across the landscape can seriously disrupt breeding for these birds. Reducing disturbance as much as possible gives them the best chance of breeding success.

Dogs on Lead Zones - 1st March to 31st July

Once again we are asking dog walkers to keep their dogs on leads in the bird-nesting area of The Plain - the area bordered in red below.  The area has been clearly marked with posts and notices and we would kindly ask dog owners and walkers to help us ensure that we give the best chance we can to our nationally declining ground-nesting bird population - particularly Skylarks and Meadow Pipit.  As the grass grows the paths through the area will be mown and we would also ask you to keep to these paths.