Get involved in the #TurdTag campaign

Get involved in the #TurdTag campaign

Emma Steel ,
28 Apr 2020

Our Policy Assistant Emma Steel highlights the increased problem of dog owners refusing to clean up after their furry friends and blighting Scottish communities in the process during the Covid-19 pandemic. A new campaign is urging the public to join in the #TurdTag to measure how the problem varies across the country.

Since Scotland went into lockdown due to the spread of Covid-19, there has been a marked increase in the number of people accessing the countryside for their daily exercise. Unfortunately, some of our members have been reporting that this has caused an increase in dog poo being left behind – both bagged and unbagged.  

To better understand the problem and gather accurate evidence, we are supporting Keep Scotland Beautiful in their #TurdTag campaign. As part of your daily exercise, and in accordance to Government guidance, why not take part in and help us understand dog fouling levels in your area. 

We are encouraging everyone across Scotland to get involved by counting the number of bagged and unbagged dog poos they find over 100m and sending the data to cleanup@keepscotlandbeautiful.org. The campaign will run until the 11th May.

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 provides Scotland with some of the most progressive access rights in the world, provided they are exercised responsibly. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code offers a reference point for guidance and is underpinned by three basic principles - Respect the interests of other people, care for the environment, and take responsibility for your own actions. The code advises that you should pick up and remove your dog’s faeces if it defecates in a public open place.

For more information please visit Keep Scotland Beautiful's web page Get involved in #TurdTag.

Comments

Dumcrieff woods have become a dumping ground for bagged and unbagged dog feaces. The other issue is damage to stone dykes. Stretches of dykes are being removed for access by members of the public, more recently right next to the style which is the only official access to our woodland.