From March to July (nesting/lambing period) all dogs must be on a lead of no longer than 2 metres in length when on access land.
As a Ranger in the Peak District, I have the unenviable task of having to ask people to place their dogs on a lead during this critical period. I do this in a friendly manner and always explain the reason. Unfortunately, I am finding an increasing number of people who think they know best and are totally dismissive of my request.
I feel privileged to live in a questioning society, however, I can't help thinking that it is at the expense of common sense in certain situations!