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Cader Idris from Foel Caerynwch


‘Dogs on a Lead’ Poster Creation Competition!

Following many recent reports of dog attacks on sheep, we need your help to raise awareness of the importance of ensuring that dogs do not disturb sheep, cattle or wildlife when out walking in the countryside with their owners.

As well as harming or distressing sheep, and being seen as a threat by cattle (especially if they have a calf in tow), dogs can also disturb ground nesting birds.  By creating and sharing the posters on social media, we hope that the message will be heard far and wide.

To help you create your poster, here are 5 things to remember before taking a dog out walking in the Welsh countryside:

  1. When near livestock dogs should be on a lead. And remember, on Open Access Land there may be sheep around but hidden by the terrain. So ere on the side of caution.
  2. On Open Access Land, even if there is no livestock present, dogs must still be kept on a lead between 1st of March and 31st July to protect wildlife and ground nesting birds.
  3. On Public Footpaths where there is no livestock dogs must be kept ‘under close control’ – which means near its walker, and able to return if it is called. If walkers stray off the footpath dogs must be on a lead.
  4. Farmers have the right to shoot dogs that are worrying, or about to worry, farm animals. In these circumstances they also wouldn’t be expected to compensate the dog owner.
  5. There are special circumstances where a landowner can ban dogs from their land e.g. during lambing season, so walkers should take notice of any signs.

How to enter?

Design a striking poster (landscape orientation)

Send an electronic copy to us through ‘Messenger’ on our Facebook page, or e-mail it to .  You should provide the child’s first name, age, nearest village to your home, your phone number and/or email address (we won’t share your phone number or email with anyone). If you would like to submit your poster on paper – send it to our freepost address:

Snowdonia National Park Authority

Freepost NWW3814A



LL48 6LF

Your posters should reach us by Wednesday, 22nd of May 2019.

Terms and Conditions

All posters will be published on the Snowdonia National Park Authority’s Facebook page, and the poster with the most ‘Likes’ by midday on Monday the 3rd of June will receive a special prize, a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) to Greenwood Forest Park.

The competition is open to children between 5 and 11 years old who live in, or within 10 miles of the Snowdonia National Park boundary. Unfortunately, the competition is not open to the children of SNPA staff.

By submitting artwork you are granting permission for the Snowdonia National Park Authority to use the artwork for non-commercial Engagement purposes.

Header image - Morfa Harlech (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)