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DOG walkers are being urged to take part in an online survey to ensure their views and needs are considered.

The survey is being undertaken by the Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership, which was established a year ago by the area’s local authorities and conservation bodies.

The partnership’s aim is to enable people to enjoy recreational activities at the coast without disturbing the thousands of birds which feed and roost there.

Research has shown that dog walking is the largest single recreational activity along the Solent shores, accounting for 41 per cent of all visits.

This new survey will find out what attracts dog walkers to the coast and what they look for in the places they choose to walk their dogs, so that their needs and views can be taken into account.

The partnership wants to hear from everyone who walks dogs on the Solent coast – between Lymington in the west and West Wittering in the east. Go to solentdogsurvey.co.uk by March 31.