Vale Parish dog-fouling survey

Wed 04 May 2022

Dog-fouling has long been an issue in the Bailiwick and certainly in our Parish. Last year the Vale Commons Council took part in a study, over a 30 day period, to determine the extent of dog fouling on the Common. This year, your Douzaine have decided to support a similar parish study.

This is part of an island-wide initiative supported by the Committee of Environment and Infrastructure, Clean Earth Trust, La Societe Guernesiase, National Trust of Guernsey and the Guernsey Farmers Association, to determine the scale of the problem and identify any particular hotspots. Already Castel, St Peter Port and Forest parishes have been surveyed.

The Parish is seeking nine volunteer surveyors to assist with the survey. They will each be allocated a route which they will walk regularly – maybe daily or every other day – for between an hour and an hour and a half over a period of 30 days, recording instances of fouling on a mobile-phone App which has been tailored for Vale parish.

There will be a comprehensive briefing at the beginning of the survey and technical support throughout the process. At the end of the exercise the results of the survey will be reported to the Douzaine and incorporated into the island-wide results.

If you would like to take part, please contact the Constables of the Vale on 244155 between 10 am and 1 pm Monday to Friday.

  • If we take an estimate of 8,000 dogs in Guernsey and that an average dog produces 317g a day that equates to 2,536kg produced locally a day, the GSPCA has calculated.
  • More on the issue, the possible health risks and the local laws can be found here.
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