When you are in the outdoor, always remember to:
· Take responsibility for your own actions;
· Respect the interests of other people;
· Care for the environment.
To ‘treading lightly’ when you’re out and about enjoying the outdoors. Follow these top tips and handy hints:
Camping and litter
Pitch your tent well away from cars, roads or buildings. Keep the numbers of your group small. Move on after a couple of nights. Remove traces of your tent pitch and any other litter. Carry out what you carry in.
Use a stove rather than an open fire. Place foil barbeque trays on a solid, fire resistant surface such as stones, sand or shingle.
Never light a fire during prolonged dry periods or in woodlands or on peaty soils. Never cut down or damage trees. Keep fires small, under control and supervised at all times. Ensure a fire is completely out and remove all traces of it.
Use a public toilet if there is one. If not, dig a hole and bury waste well away from buildings or well-used areas. Urinate at least 30 paces from lochs, rivers and streams.
From April to August, keep your dog on a short lead or close to heel in areas of ground nesting birds. Avoid fields with livestock – particularly young animals. Clean up after your dog. Put any waste in a bin, or take it away. In more remote areas, remove it off the path.