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Litter, recycling, fires & bbq's
Taking your dog to Studland
Deer ticks, adders & weever fish
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Things To Do in Dorset
Studland Memories
  Dogs are allowed along the South West Coastal Path  Studland United Nudists   Dogs are allowed along the South West Coastal Path  Studland United Nudists   Dogs are allowed along the South West Coastal Path  Studland United Nudists  
  Dogs have always been allowed along the South West Coastal Path...
 
 
  Dogs are allowed along the South West Coastal Path  Studland United Nudists   The South West Coastal Path  Studland United Nudists   The South West Coastal Path  Studland United Nudists  
  ...a fact finally acknowledged by National Trust signs in 2005!
 
 
  National Trust dog signs prior to 2005  Studland United Nudists   National Trust dog signs prior to 2005  Studland United Nudists   National Trust dog signs prior to 2005  Studland United Nudists  
  National Trust dog signs prior to 2005 did not make this clear
 
 

Best Practice on hot days:

Dogs can easily become distressed on hot days so consider your dog's welfare before taking it to Studland and please observe good practice:
 
  • Keep your dog on a lead when required and be considerate near other people, particularly children.
     

  • Dog waste bags are available at a few locations but to be sure it's better to bring your own supply. Dog waste bins are also available.
     

  • Keep your dog cool. Take an extra parasol if necessary and make sure your dog is able to rest in the shade. Regularly feel your dogs coat and if it's too hot take the dog for a swim or pour water over the back of it's neck and along his back.
     

  • Bring plenty of water.
    TIP:
    A dog waste bag in a small depression in the sand makes an adequate water bowl!
     

  • Remember: Not everyone likes dogs and an uncontrolled dog can cause distress and spoil the enjoyment of others.

Dog waste bags and bin in Middle Beach car park  Studland United Nudists
Dog waste bags and bin
in Middle Beach car park

Dog waste bin next to rubbish bins at some locations  Studland United Nudists
Dog waste bin next to
rubbish bins at some locations

If your dog is bitten by an adder

My poor dog was bitten inside his mouth in 2004. I didn't see the snake or hear any kind of yelp but noticed he was subdued and troubled. Within ten to twenty minutes he was salivating heavily and his mouth and neck were swelling badly.

A friend notified a passing National Trust warden who called for a beach buggy and we were driven all the way up FP6 and along Ferry Road to the car. The warden also provided the telephone number for Lynwood Veterinary Group in Swanage. A very good service for which I was very thankful.
 

The Lynwood Vets

The Lynwood Veterinary Surgery  Studland United Nudists

The Lynwood Veterinary Surgery opening times  Studland United Nudists

The Vets surgery and Opening times

The Lynwood Veterinary Group
87 Ulwell Rd, Swanage
Dorset BH19 1QU
01929 422213
Map

Having seen many cats and dogs bitten by adders the vet was reassuring. Fatalities were rare and more common in smaller animals.

Anti-venom is not usually given unless you witness the bite (it could have been a wasp) so poor old Max had to make do with antibiotics. We were advised to return for a check-up the following day.

Poor Max! That night at the camp site and the next morning he wouldn't get out of the car so and after check up at the vets we decided to decamp and return home. The swelling, which was severe, took at least a month to go down. He's fine now