Do follow requests on signs

They may be there to protect you, your dog, wildlife or other animals, or to allow land management, nature conservation or farming work to be carried out safely and easily.

Wildlife on heaths, downs, wetlands and other sensitive areas are particularly vulnerable at certain times of year so access to some areas may be managed with voluntary or formal restrictions, for example asking people to stay away from a particular part of a site or to keep dogs on a lead. 

Some signs give important safety information – don’t ignore them – for example this past year 2012-2013 there are very real increased dangers of cliff slips, mudslides and rockfalls on the Dorset coast due to the exceptional weather conditions we have had, so do take note of any signs, keep off closed areas and well away from the cliffs and mudslides if you’re walking on a beach.