Scoop the poop to keep Shustoke lovely

27th September 2016

Severn Trent’s Shustoke Reservoir offers visitors a haven of tranquillity with the chance to admire plenty of wildlife but one thing that no visitor wants to experience (or bring home with them) is dog mess.

Shustoke Reservoir, in Coleshill, has seen an increase in dog fouling incidents recently and rangers are now targeting repeat offenders by increasing surveillance and carrying out more patrols.

Visitor site supervisor Tom Crawford explains: “We’re unfortunately seeing increased complaints around the amount of dog mess at Shustoke and this is really ruining the experience for our visitors when they come to visit this beautiful site."

"Dog fouling is just one of the problems that we’ve seen which has meant that dog walking is under review at Shustoke. On top of the dog mess, we’ve also had problems with dogs attacking wildlife, which is why we’ve asked people to keep their dogs on a lead and under control. Shustoke is to be enjoyed by everyone and we’d really like those individuals with dogs to be responsible owners and keep in mind that everyone wants to enjoy the site.”

Shustoke Reservoir offers a variety of activities such as walking, cycling and water sports. Visitors can also relax in one of the many perfect picnic spots and admire the beautiful views on offer.

“We welcome around 120,000 visitors each year so it’s really important to maintain and respect our beautiful reservoir,” said Tom.

“Our site offers a variety of walks including links to the Heart of England Way and Centenary Way. The North Warwickshire Cycle Way also links to the site so making sure the walkways, grassy areas and cycle paths are clear from mess means visitors can continue to take advantage of these great links and activities without worrying about what they may step in.”