BE OUTDOOR SMART - LEAVE NO TRACE - LOVE THE PLACE

Created on: Friday, 03 July 2020. Posted in: News

BE OUTDOOR SMART - LEAVE NO TRACE - LOVE THE PLACE
  • We all want to enjoy our nature, landscapes and coasts outdoors with our families and friends.  Alongside government protocols and public health guidelines, here are some tips to help us all to: make sound decisions and continue to Stay Safe, to be considerate to others and to protect our precious environment that provides our source of inspiration, our food and water, supports our health and wellbeing, and underpins our economy.

     

    ENJOY A HEALTHY AND INSPIRING VISIT TO OUR STUNNING NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

     

    BE OUTDOOR SMART - LEAVE NO TRACE - LOVE THE PLACE

     

    Be Outdoor Smart,

    Leave No Trace

    &

    Love the Place

     

    ·      Be ready for the outdoors.

    ·      Be prepared for a safe outdoor visit - don’t risk injury.

    ·       Plan ahead to avoid getting injured, needing rescued or ending up in hospital:

    o  Find out about the place before you go – see the websites below this table.

    o  Have the right kit – the right shoes, a waterproof, a map, water.

    o  Tell people where you are going if visiting the hills, a remote area or out to sea.

    o  Choose an activity or location within your existing skills and experience level or:

    o  Go with an experienced activity provider if you are undertaking a new activity or getting more adventurous.

    ·       If planning a visit to the coast, check the weather forecast (especially the wind speed and direction), tide times, follow safety advice, keep a close eye on your family and don’t use inflatables.

    ·       Swim only where it is safe and permitted.

    ·       Quarries are a stone cold killer – stay out of disused quarries.

    ·       Governing Bodies of Sport have produced Guidance for their own sport – have a look at the detailed guidance relating to your chosen activity (see links below this table).

    ·      Choose quiet locations and times.

    ·      Check the site has all the facilities you need.

    ·      Keep the roads clear - don’t park at gates or on verges.

    ·      Have a back-up plan for if the site is full when you reach it.

     

    ·       Avoid popular honey pot sites – this will help maintain social distancing and enable everyone to have an enjoyable time.

    ·       Weekends and afternoons can be very busy – choose another time if you can.

    ·       Discover new places and hidden gems (with safe planning). Have a look at the websites below this table for ideas of places to visit close to your accommodation and to check whether facilities are open.

    ·       Leave your car at your accommodation if possible.

    ·       Do not park outside of designated parking spaces, on verges or in gateways.

    ·       Make sure the Emergency Services, farmers, business owners and local residents will be able to pass by and to access fields, forests and houses. If a car park is full, go somewhere else.

    ·       Check if all the services you need are open - are toilets, baby changing, playgrounds and other facilities available? Is pre-booking required?

    ·       Bring hand sanitiser and consider the use of face masks in busy areas such as car parks.

    ·      Give nature space and quiet to flourish.

    ·      Keep your dog under control.

    ·      Respect people’s land, property and farm animals.

    ·      Take your rubbish home.

    ·      Only BBQ in designated BBQ areas.

    ·      Leave nature the way you find it, for all to enjoy.

    ·       Enjoy nature but don’t disturb it – when watching wildlife, remain at a distance, stay invisible, quiet, and don’t stay long.

    ·       Don’t chase, touch or feed wildlife.

    ·       Prevent your dog from approaching other people and their dogs, cyclists, livestock and wildlife.

    ·       Never let your dog worry or attack farm animals.

    ·       Leave gates as you found them.

    ·       BBQs can be a fire risk and are challenging to clear up after – please only have them in designated BBQ areas, ensure that a fire will not start and spread and check they are cold before you clear them up.

    ·       Help everyone by taking litter home and recycle it.

    ·       For marine trips, choose an operator accredited by WiSe www.wisescheme.org

    ·      Respect staff and volunteers.

    ·      Share the space with all.

    ·       Staff, volunteers and signage are there to help to keep everyone, and the site, safe and healthy – please follow their instruction.

    ·       Respect other users of the space – walkers, cyclists, swimmers, horse riders.

    ·       Be mindful of not gathering around key points such as car parks, bridges, gates, information points, summits or for photos.

    ENJOY A HEALTHY AND INSPIRING VISIT TO OUR OUTDOORS

     

    BE OUTDOOR SMART - LEAVE NO TRACE - LOVE THE PLACE

     

    Outdoor recreation sites – places to visit and current status of opening

    Find up-to-date information about the current status of opening of informal outdoor recreation sites, such as country parks, forests, beaches, nature reserves - and associated facilities across Northern Ireland run by government, council and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and others here: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/covid-19-gradual-reopening-outdoor-recreation-sites

    This includes:

     

    Guidance for outdoor activities

    Many governing bodies have guidance for their own sport or outdoor pursuit. Have a look at the detailed guidance relating to your chosen activity.

     

    More useful links

    Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

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