Devon’s nature-focussed organisations welcome advice from dog expert

Thursday, April 25, 2024

With increasing number of dog owners, land managers and nature-focussed leaders are focussing their attention on making better places for people, farm animals and nature when managing outdoor spaces.

Renowned dog-walking expert Steve Jenkinson joined Devon Loves Dogs and representatives from national parks, local councils, nature charities and land managers in East Devon last week. The conference was designed to improve their knowledge about the way people and their pets explore Devon’s picturesque countryside and to help them do that in wildlife- and livestock-friendly ways.

Steve has advised Natural England, the Kennel Club and the United Nations in Bosnia. He has appeared on BBCTV’s Countryfile, BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings with Clare Balding and Crufts on Channel 4. His life and work also features in broadcaster and writer Clare Balding’s book, Isle of Dogs.

Steve travels across the globe helping people to support the human health benefits of dog walking, while minimising any problems for livestock, wildlife or other people. He said:
"It’s been a pleasure to support Devon Loves Dogs and organisations that care for nature and farm animals to help people have happy, healthy dog walks that are good for the environment too."

Julie Owen Devon Loves Dogs Project Co-ordinator, said:
"We're thrilled to have spent the day with Steve. His work beautifully combines two of our passions: dogs and nature. By collaborating, we can help land managers and our visitors (alongside their furry friends) to make better, more thoughtful choices that benefit both people and the environment."

Tim Russell, Recreation and Access Projects Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority, said:
"Thank you for providing and presenting such a useful and thought-provoking workshop which is very relevant and topical in today’s countryside. The site visit was really useful, seeing the excellent work of the Pebblebed Heaths team."

Kim Strawbridge, Reserves Manager, Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, said:
"It was a great day especially bringing people together from a range of organisations and individuals with different roles. It showcased the work of Devon Loves Dogs really positively and was valuable for building a more insightful understanding of effective behaviour change."


Conference delegates