|The signage is conspicuous but not always respected|
Most dog-walkers respect wildlife and comply with the signage at the RSPB's Tetney Marshes reserve near Grimsby in North East Lincolnshire.
Most - but not all.
Their owners mean no harm, but dogs running free on the saltmarsh have a potentially devastating impact on fragile wildlife, especially breeding redshanks, skylarks, meadow pipits and other ground-nesting species.
Other birds are deterred even from attempting to breed.
So the RSPB is again pleading with pet-owners to keep their animals on leads so that these much-loved birds are not lost from this part of eastern England landscape.
|Above and below: Dogs running free on the saltmarsh are a menace to birds - including fast-declining redshank |