The National Sheep Association (NSA) is asking sheep farmers to share their experiences of sheep worrying by dogs.
A survey – evidence and information from which will be used to raise awareness of the issue among dog owners as well as the general public – has been created by the NSA, and is now calling for respondents.
NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said sheep worrying by dogs is something the association has been vocal about for some time.
“We continue to receive reports of attacks on sheep by dogs, but we need evidence and information from around the UK to gain attention for the issue and to get dog walkers to take it seriously,” he said. “That is why we are running the survey and urge all sheep farmers to participate.
“We do not want to discourage people from enjoying our beautiful countryside, but feel that if everyone is aware of their responsibilities as well as their rights, rural areas can be used by farmers and the public harmoniously.
“NSA will continue to do what it can to encourage the non-farming community to take responsibility and control dogs around livestock.”
The survey can be found on the Survey Monkey website, as well as the NSA website. Farmers not able to fill the questionnaire in online can do so over the phone, or request a hard copy, by telephoning the NSA on 01684 892661.
The survey closes on March 31.