It certainly feels like Spring is in the air this week. This is confirmed by sightings of the season's first puffins and first National Trust Rangers on the Farne Islands.
Whatever the season, the Northumberland coast is a great place to take a dog for a good walk on the beach. Many visitors to our area come here because our beaches are dog friendly. Being able to walk dogs on the beach at any time of the year, without restriction, is a privilege that most people elsewhere in England don't have. Privileges should be earned and the majority of dog walkers do this by behaving responsibly and cleaning up after their dog. Sadly, there is a minority who don't and it is they who risk this privilege being removed.
Whilst we encourage responsible dog ownership, we will not spoil our beautiful coastline with more signs, bins or other urbanising clutter. However we must keep challenging the irresponsible minority and this issue of Coastal Views includes some useful advice from the County Council on how local people can help us to tackle this particularly offensive problem.