Enjoying the outdoors responsibly
When visiting the outdoors, you must behave responsibly, and the Code explains what this means. The main responsibilities can be summarised as -
- take responsibility for your own actions - eg care for your own safety, keep alert for hazards, take special care with children.
- respect people's privacy and peace of mind - eg. do not act in ways that might annoy or alarm people, especially at night.
- help land managers and others to work safely and effectively - eg keep clear of land management operations like harvesting or tree-felling, avoid damaging crops, leave gates as you find them.
- care for your environment - eg. don't disturb wildlife, take your litter away with you.
- Keep your dog under proper control - dogs are popular companions, but take special care if near livestock, or during the bird breeding season, and always pick up after your dog.
- Take extra care if you are organising an event or running a business - eg talk to the managers of any land which you may plan to use intensively or regularly.