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Choose the right path this winter

Jersey’s stunning countryside helps make our Island special. We’re so lucky to have this wonderful countryside on our doorstep.

The Island has a network of paths across public and private land in some of the Island’s most beautiful landscapes often through the Jersey National Park. Theses paths are used by an estimated 100,000 people a year. The Jersey National Park provides plenty of choice and varying landscapes. It is also home to wildlife, even in the cold, winter months.

To encourage care and respect of the environment, we’ve been working with the Government of Jersey as well as other partners from the Jersey Access Forum, to launch a campaign promoting respect of the Island’s countryside this winter. Whilst we’re encouraging Islanders to get out and enjoy the countryside during the winter months, it is of utmost importance to remind the public to: 
 
• Stay on marked paths
• Keep your distance from wildlife, and
• Keep out of ponds and freshwater habitats
 
Alongside this campaign, which includes a series of videos and adverts in the media, we’re reviewing countryside signage and looking at how we can make our messaging clearer and consistent across the Island. We’re also planning to work together on a similar respect campaign for the summer months to remind people that the countryside is there for all to enjoy but we should be leaving it in the same state we find it, not littering or damaging it.

Julia Clively, Senior Environment Officer, Government of Jersey, said: “We want everyone to get out and enjoy Jersey’s countryside, but it’s important, especially in the traditionally wetter months, that Islanders think about the impact they might have on environmentally sensitive areas. To avoid lasting damage in wet weather we’re urging people to stick to the marked paths. The winter months can be particularly tough for the Island’s wild animals and birds, so we’re also reminding people to please keep their distance from wildlife and to stay out of freshwater habitats like ponds and streams.” 

For more information including countryside codes of conducts, suggested routes and the access map, go to: www.gov.je/CountrysideAccess  http://www.gov.je/CountrysideAccess

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