Dog owners visiting Northamptonshire country parks will be encouraged to pick up after their pets with the launch of a new campaign over the school half-term break.
Park rangers will be running a Bag It and Bin It campaign in a bid to reduce the amount of dog mess left on the grass, in the woods and on paths at country parks.
During the school holidays, park rangers will be spraying dog mess yellow to highlight the issue.
It follows a successful trial of the campaign during the Easter school holidays, which resulted in a marked improvement.
Northamptonshire country parks are delivered by First for Wellbeing on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council.
Chris Haines, Countryside Services Manager, said: “Our country parks are very popular with dog walkers and if even a small proportion of dog owners don’t clear up after their dog the problem becomes very bad very quickly.
“We want to make sure our wonderful parks are safe and clean for everyone to use and for the sake of our all visitors, volunteers and staff, we are launching this campaign to encourage dog owners to Bag It and Bin It.
“There are dog poo bins throughout our parks, so there really is no excuse for owners not to pick up after their pets.