The Solution to the Right to Roam’s impractical chaos expense and unjustified State interference.
PRESS RELEASE : MAPS – Managed Access Packages
The Solution to the Right to Roam’s impractical chaos, expense, and unjustified State interference – Launch at Builth and Brecon Farming Forums 1st & 2nd March
Managed Access Packages – Permitted by Land and Wildlife Custodians.
The flexible, constructive and more efficient voluntary approach to providing managed access, which benefits as many rural and national interests as possible, and above all allows farming and wildlife managers to carry out their crucial work to high standards, unmolested.
The current enforced and implied right to roam without ensuring a fair distribution of responsibilities and disciplines between land custodian and visitor, undermines the whole process of sound countryside stewardship and wise land use in both upland and lowland Britain.
Prior to the CROW Act, which cost the taxpayer £83.5 million, there was in excess of 1 million hectares of voluntary access provided in England and Wales at no or little cost to the taxpayer.
The Countryside Agency now estimates that there are no more than 798,000 ha of new access land as a result of the CROW Act.
The provision of statutory access under CROW has not taken into account the demand, need, and safety of the visitor or the use of land. We urge that, when considering future access provision, the Government stops and thinks of an alternative, more efficient and effective approach that will benefit visitors, the rural economy and the landscape itself..
Mark Hudson – President of the Country Land and Business Association – 31st October 2005
The current network of foot paths and other rights of way throughout the British countryside, based largely upon the inefficient small field systems and convenience routes of the past, are not appropriate for the visitors and tourists of the future. They deserve better that is required is a wide range of managed access opportunities, evolving from a flexible approach. Above all, this should take into account the overriding need to reduce human disturbance of wildlife and properly manage them, factors not adequately considered when laws involving access were drafted.
Edmund Marriage – British Wildlife Management – 18th February 2006.
MAPS for discussion at the Forums in Builth Wells – 1st March and Brecon – 2nd March:
- Locally mapped walks and trails linked to farm activity centres, B & B accommodation, riding establishments, villages, or other suitable stopping or staging posts,
- Provision for long distance walking and riding – Information kept up to date by clubs.
- Short, medium and long walks, specifically designated by land custodians for visitors and tourists on their, and their neighbours land – detailed maps provided.
- Routes designated through woodlands and other conservation areas for guided walking and riding tours at suitable times of the year – Custodians, Clubs and Wildlife Trusts.
- Fields or routes allocated for dog walking – Fido Fields -. Avoiding conflict with stock.
- Specialist club managed activities – eg. species management and species counts.
- Fields or routes specifically allocated to specialist club managed activities.
- Work Groups for Wildlife – Practical work on a wide range of rural skills leading to qualifications, under overall supervision of land custodian or wildlife manager, with skilled team leaders – Work Group leader training – Rehabilitation.
MAPS has offered to work with councils.
Our National Cattle Awareness Campaign received much local and National press coverage. It received prominent coverage in the Daily Mail.
Senior Rights of Way personnel from a number of County Councils have said quite openly vast annomalies do exist with rights of way their attitude is “so what” . Managed Access Packages MAPS have offered to work with any County Council that is acting responsible and within the law. A council wrote “I therefore enclose the Health and Safety Executive Information sheet, cattle and public access in England and Wales for your information.”
Why a peaceful beast will kill – Daily Mail June 2009
The natural instincts of an animal to protect its young can make dog walking in the countryside a dangerous pursuit at this time of year. Nothing enrages the usual peaceful cow more than the sight of a dog in the same field as her calves.
Village posters -For safety and animal health, FIDO fields wanted – Payment negotiable.
Hobhouse 1949 Committee advised against walking and access going through farm yards.
Members of Parliament are responsible for Public Safety.
Maintaining our rights – Farmers Guardian 5th Feb 2010
While I applaud discussions concerning farm cattle, public access and safety Jane Hanney of Blake Lapthorn makes the assertion that a public right of way is located or situated in a farmer’s field.
The consultant solicitor has not made it clear that in law a public footpath is a highway over which there is a right of way. A highway is a surface area of land, vested in the local authority, which is responsible for maintaining it.
It’s illegal to disturb its surface area ( to a depth of around 2 feet ); it may not be bought or sold; and a highway may not exist on private land. Councils do not have authority to apply highway law to private property.
Over the last century permissive walking on a large scale has come about through incentives, and even tax breaks have been used.
Informative, easy to read signage for the public, along with access management, education and offering alternative walking routes all have a role in reducing risk.
Evidence shows dogs are quite often cited as the main instigator of serious cattle attacks. managed areas for dog exercise, located in popular locations in and around livestock areas, will undoubtedly reduce incidents even further.
Surely there has been enough landowner. freeholder energy and resource given up to get highway law applied correctly. How much more freeholder anguish and successful cases will it take? Don’t our human right matter?
Public aware of cattle dangers – Farmers Guardian 2nd July 2010
Personal injury specialist Carol Fish, of Cartmel Shepherd, is quite alarmist and even contradictory in her comments ( FG Jine 18 )
We believe there is going to be a fall in such claims, not a sharp rise – as she claims.
We believe the message is starting to get through, the public is becoming aware of cattle and any dangers posed.
The personal injury specialist says this is an area in which the law is particularly muddy but, in fact, Highway Law is perfectly clear and specific.
This point has been made before. When will the legal profession take this on board and why can’t the courts call it right all the time?
Managed Access Packages ( MAPS ) have always permitted permissive walking with the benefits of management. We have started a 2010 walk safe campaign, and if property owners and herdsmen want to manage their own walking, relevant information can be obtained.
We are calling for fields and routes allocated for dog walking to be set up, so reducing the risk opf dogs provoking cattle to attack.
I keep mainly Welsh Black Cattle, which are naturally very protective and, for the past three years I have erected highly visible and very informative cattle awareness signage which includes a phone number.
Also, offering alternative paths has reduced anxiety and incidents considerably especially around calving period where cattle run out areas and the nursery care field can be pinpointed.
Walkers I have spoken to in the vicinity, appreciate the information when it is pointed out to them. For information on Managed Access Packages telephone 01963 251772 ( day ) or 01544 370693 ( evenings ).
The Editor..Farmers Guardian 19/10/2010
We are still receiving enquires to our Managed access initiative [ Managed Access Packages[ MAPS] [Letters Farmers Guardian – Friday July 2nd] The 2 questions that are being asked are:
- How can walkers be detoured around what can be dangerous farmyards.
- With the reintroduction of Breeding Cattle, quite often traditional breeds to large tracts of upland and Heath areas, concerns have been raised about the repercussions for the cattle keeper when the public take there dogs on to these large areas, any dogs present could act as an inflammatory element to the Cattle , thus placing there owners and there pets in danger if and when they become isolated.
2010 national walk safe campaign….
With many cattle already being seen in the fields managed access packages [MAPS] are urging cattle keepers and property owners to manage their own walking. Putting up informative cattle awareness signage, offering alternative walking will all help to reduce the risk factor.
If this campaign stops one serious incident it will be worth it.
When members of the public sadly get injured, owners have to face the consequences which can be severe.
For information on cattle, the walking public and the related health and safety issues – phone 019632 51772 daytime or 01544 370693 evenings.
Always wanted –Fido Fields – areas for dogs to exercise in local areas – dogs can infuriate cattle very quickly especially breeding cattle.
It has always been MAPS objective to encourage walking that is transparent, managed and has safety as a high priority.
MAPS – the leading group permitting managed permissive access and walking
MAPS caring for your safety.
[get signed up campaign] farmers, business and property owners, [ get signed up ] it could well limit your liabilities considerably…
Farm Safety Notice
Woman trampled by cows seeks £1m
A businesswoman is suing a farmer for £1m after she was trampled by his cows.
Shirley McKasie, 49, was walking her Jack Russell as she crossed the farmer’s field and it is thought the dog spooked the cows, who had their calves with them.
The incident in Greystoke, Cumbria, in 2003 left the company director with serious head injuries.
She underwent brain surgery and has a limited memory of what’s happened, but admits she may have strayed from a public footpath across the field.
Yesterday she arrived at Preston County Court in a wheelchair for the start of her civil case against John Cameron, owner of Greyrigg Farm.
Midd McKasie, who had moved to Greystoke just nine months before the incident, says she was “tossed around” by the herd of 40 Simmental cross breed cows, each weighing half a ton.
A Health and Safety investigation following the incident decided to take no action against Mr Cameron.
But the prosecution claims he was at fault for not putting a sign to warn the public that his cows were calving. The case continues.
Do dogs have the same rights? – Farmers Weekly Aug 2009
Reading about the poor woman in Cumbria who was badly injured by a herd of cows (News July 12), I wondered why the animals reacted as they did. But of course she had a dog. Would it have been a case of no dog, no attack?
Maybe dogs should be barred from pasture fields where there are sheep and cattle. I think the animals should be allowed to graze in peace and not worried by a dog – their natural enemy.
If there is a public footpath I understand humans have a legal right to walk that path. Do dogs have the same legal right?
Disease control signs – Farmers Weekly July 2009
A fair bit has been written in the press lately regarding cows attacking walkers with dogs.
In the past I have had sheep killed by dogs, but this last year I have also lost 13 cows/heifers and calves to Neospora caninum (a parasite carried by dogs) Some calves aborted and some went to term, but were born dead. One day the vet and I blood tested six cattle and five were found to be infected with neospora. Those did not produce a live calf, but the non-positive animal survived.
To save any problems, can we not get signs made forbiding dogs as a disease control method? It would also stop any “worring” of people and dogs by cattle.
This is a disease that you can do without..
I was sceptical at first, but much to the public’s credit the signs have been adhered to , accept “one that was destroyed” Dog walking has ceased.
Farmers shoot dogs as a last resort
Having just seen photographs of the mutilation carried out by dogs on young lambs and read in a national newspaper that some 30,000 sheep are killed or maimed by dogs out of control, the laws governing the exercising of four-legged friends and the penalties for ignoring them are as follows:
Any dog chasing livestock can be shot on sight. Owners can face a fine up to £1,000 Between March 1 and July 31 (and at all times when close to livestock), dogs must be kept on a lead not more than 2 metres long when crossing open countryside. On public paths dogs need not be on a lead but they must be under close control. Dogs must not harm or frighten wildlife nor be permitted to disturb birds which are ground nesting.
While the above may seem harsh, spare a thought for the farmer or shepherd. They are the ones who have to pick up the mutilated animal and if possible, have the wounds stitched up or have the animal put down.
Farmers do not like shooting dogs and they do so only as a last resort, the only other option remaining being to close the footpath.
Sheep attacks increase – Farmers Guardian
The number of sheep attacked by domestic dogs soared in 2008 as insurance claims topped £1million
E Pyke – Liabilities – Farmers Guardian
The second in the 1984 Act sets out a lesser duty of care to uninvited guests such as trespassers. They are still owed “reasonable care” that is, if you know there is a danger or risk you are expected to offer some protection. However a warning sign may sometimes be enough.