In this section of our website, we highlight the steps you can take when enjoying your favourite outdoor activities, to ensure that you are ‘treading lightly’, and minimising your impact on the environment that you are out exploring and enjoying.
The whole experience, the sights, smells, sounds and textures, of being in the great outdoors leads many of us to a healthy addiction that lasts a lifetime and is passed down generations.
Leave only footprints, take only photographs, keep only memories.
The increasing popularity of outdoor sports driven by a rediscovered need for a connection with our environment, coupled with the ever shrinking size of natural habitats, means that it is more important than ever that we all respect this famous mantra.
Many groups involved with the outdoors have produced codes and guidelines relevant to their disciplines. On this site, we have pulled together advice on how to tread lightly when enjoying the many outdoor activities on offer in our natural playground. We also provide links through to other organisations websites so that you can get more information on the activity of your choice
What ever your chosen activity, there are some basic principles that apply to all:
- Keep safe – plan ahead and be prepared.
- Be mindful of locals – park thoughtfully, and keep dogs under close control.
- Co-operate with farmers and other landowners and managers.
- Respect and leave undisturbed the natural habitats and wildlife you come across.
- Preserve the past – do not remove or tamper with historical structures.
- Respect and be courteous to other outdoor users. Minimise your impact on their ‘natural experience’.
- Take home your litter and waste.
- Check and follow the laws and codes of conduct established in your country for the activity you are planning to undertake.