Welcome to Coast and Country Canines

As dog owners we value the importance of the natural world. After all, we are the ones out in it every day.

Working together to protect natural spaces is just part of being a responsible dog walker, and best of all, it doesn’t have to make walks less fun.

Being a part of the Coast and Country Canines community is all about like-minded dog owners choosing to walk in a safer, more enjoyable and wildlife aware way.

Dog on lead walking in forest

Looking for a new place to walk or some training tips?

We have put together all you’ll need for the safest and most engaging walks along the Solent coast and beyond.

Are you interested in finding great new routes that give your dog a chance to explore and train, while minimizing your impact on local wildlife?

Or maybe you want to brush up on your training and learn about how loose lead walking can make your walk safer and more enjoyable for you and your dog.

Whatever you’re looking for, we have loads of resources to explore below so please browse away:

Where to walk

Some of our favourite waterside walks around the Solent with routes aimed at getting the most out of your dog’s walk.

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The countryside code with dogs

Interested in learning about how dog walkers can help protect local wildlife? Find out more.

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Training guides for wildlife friendly walks

A series of training guides to help you enjoy a safer and more wildlife friendly walk.

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Join us on social media!

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with everything we’re doing, we also have a private Coast and Country Canines Facebook Group where you can help us build this community and share your voice.

Lost and Found Dogs

A resource for phone numbers and contact details of local dog wardens plus advice on what to do if you have found a lost dog.

About Us

Coast and Country Canines was created by Bird Aware Solent, a partnership of local councils, Natural England, The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and the RSPB. We were started because of recreational disturbance to overwintering coastal birds. As dog owners and lovers ourselves, we know how important access to the countryside is and that disturbance is usually because of lack of information. So by championing responsible owners and informing people of the issue the community will be a part of the positive change.


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