Are Dogs Allowed On Southport Beach?

SOUTHPORT beach is a favourite with locals and tourists because of the golden sand and crystal clear water.

There’s plenty to do there for all of the family – but can you bring your four-legged friend along with you for the ride?

Are dogs allowed on Southport beach?

Southport beach makes up part of the 22-mile Sefton coastline – which leads all the way from the Mersey into the Ribble Estuary.

Dogs are allowed on the beach – but there are restrictions in place during the summer months.

From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are banned from Southport starting from the Pier south towards Pleasureland and to the tide line.

This zone is well sign posted in case there is any confusion.

Southport beach is renowned for having crystal clear water (Credit: Steve Hodgson /Flickr)

Dogs are not allowed in the pools of water in the dunes as this is home to several rare species including Natterjack Toads and Great Crested Newts.

Pets should also be kept away from birds on the beach as this is a hotspot for breeding.

Southport beach goers regularly spot waders, terns and gulls nesting on the coastline.

In fact, it is a criminal offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 if you allow your dog to disturb these birds.

Why are dogs banned from going onto beaches?

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Although most owners will clean up after their pets when they are out, some fail to pick up their dog’s poo. 

Due to a dog’s diet being largely meat-based, leaving their faeces on the beach runs the risk of humans contracting toxocariasis – or zoonosis. 

And during the busy months, this becomes even more dangerous – especially for children – with potential problems including blindness and breathing difficulties.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

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