From the Scottish Highlands to the Salisbury Plains, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) owns and uses hundreds of thousands of miles of land across the country to train our military. Whilst some of this land is publicly accessible and offers picturesque scenery, it can go from tranquil to treacherous by the hour, 24 hours a day, which is why the MOD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) launched their #RespectTheRange campaign.
The DIO’s #RespectTheRange campaign seeks to raise awareness amongst the public about the dangers of MOD land and to educate dog owners and other groups about how they can safely access land where our armed forces are practicing live-fire training.
Steps to follow
When accessing MOD land, it is vital that you always follow these steps:
- Always plan your outing according to firing times and never access the training estate unless you are sure it is safe to do so. You can find a list of all UK MOD firing times for military ranges here
- Keep your dog on a lead at all times to ensure that they do not damage habitats or stray into military training
- Obey all signs and byelaws, and keep a look out for red flags and red lights – these mark areas that you are forbidden from entering
- Always stick to Public Rights of Way to keep yourself safe
- Never touch, pick up or take home military debris as it may be dangerous
Respect the Range
Alongside other national organisations, The Kennel Club was approached by the DIO to promote the #RespectTheRange campaign and help spread the message to dog owners across the country. Watch the DIO’s video below for more information:
Remember: always Respect the Range and follow the above steps in order to keep both yourself and your dog safe from danger.