New dog mess bins at Irthlingborough nature reserve

One of the new dog bins at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows nature reserve
One of the new dog bins at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows nature reserve

People power has led to two new dog bins being installed at a popular nature reserve.

The dog bins have been put in at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows nature reserve after calls for them from people who use the site.

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire has managed the reserve with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and SITA Trust since 2012.

Since then they have been working to improve the site for wildlife and make it a more enjoyable place for people to visit.

But while incidences of
anti-social behaviour have fallen over the last two years, dog fouling has remained an issue at the site.

Many local residents have complained about the problem, saying that some owners do not pick up after their dog.

But Ian Wilson, reserves officer at The Wildlife Trust, said: “We hope that the bins will be convenient for most dog walkers that visit the reserve – one of the bins can be found on the path from Randall Close in Irthlingborough where it joins the old railway and the other is located along the Greenway cycle path where it crosses the old railway.

“The bins should encourage dog owners to clean up after their dog which will help to make the reserve an even more enjoyable place to visit for everyone.”

The bins at the reserve have been provided and will be emptied by East Northamptonshire Council. Support for the bins has also been given by Cllr Sylvia Hobbs, who has funded one of the bins.

For more information about Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows people can contact Claire Wylde on 01604 405285 or send an email to her at

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