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RSPB dogs' breakfast at Winterton-on-Sea beach

Dogs and owners are invited to join the RSPB at Winterton-on-sea beach for their free Dogs’ Breakfast drop-in event this Saturday 18 August, 8-11am. The event will highlight how beach users can work together to ‘share our shores: for happy dogs, happy people, happy wildlife' and has the support of Cbeebies presenter Jess French - and her dog Baxter.

There'll be freebies and breakfast treats available for dogs and owners, as well as a ‘smooch your pooch’ photo opportunity.

Jess French and Baxter on the beach at Winterton-on-Sea

Norfolk beaches are a dog walking paradise and a wonderful haven for rare wildlife too. Winterton beach is not only the perfect place for paddling paws, but is also the perfect habitat for beach nesting birds, including rare seabirds such as little terns. Little terns fly all the way from West Africa to raise their families at Winterton, and other east Norfolk beaches. These beaches support 20% of the national little tern population.

Little terns have suffered serious declines over the past three decades as they struggle to find safe beaches to nest and feed their young, free from predators, and human and dog disturbance.

The RSPB believes that the beach can cater for everyone, and that animal lovers can work together to protect the wildlife that calls it home, whilst also enjoying these spaces with man’s best friend.

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Little tern chick east Norfolk - Lyn Ibbitson-Elks

Baxter and his owner, Cbeebies presenter Jess French, who regularly love to walk on their local beach at Winterton are supporting the campaign by encouraging dog owners to share their shores.

Jess said: “I love dogs and birds and am delighted that I can enjoy both on beautiful Winterton beach. I feel so lucky to have such an amazing wildlife spectacle on my doorstep, so I’m delighted that the RSPB are protecting these gorgeous little birds, but I’m doubly glad that they are showing appreciation for the local-dog loving community too. There’s plenty of room for all of us!”

Dogs and owners will be able to drop in and chat to RSPB staff, volunteers and like-minded people about little terns and how best to ‘share our shores.’

RSPB sausage dog owner and Communications Officer, Emily Kench said: “Our Dogs’ Breakfast event is the perfect opportunity for animal enthusiasts to meet and chat about all creatures great and small that use our wonderful beaches.

“Dogs and their humans will be able to pick up some simple tasty breakfast treats, and lots of other freebies. We’ve also got a brilliant ‘smooch your pooch’ photo opportunity. So drop in and say hi!”

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Little Tern - Kevin Simmonds