The days are growing longer, lambs are being born and snowdrops and daffodils are growing in the field and hedgerows. In short, Spring is nearly here.

This weekend marks the start of the Spring Equinox.

Being a rural community, we all love a wander along a country lane or footpath that crosses a farm.

And while that is great, being outdoors and exercising is great for our physical and mental health, the Police are asking people just to be respectful of our glorious countryside.

The Police said: ‘A lot of folks, ourselves included, love to share our time in nature with family, friends as well as our own animals and pets. We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone using the countryside, to respect the animals, the land and the landowners, show courtesy and consideration to everybody; and always be friendly and responsible.’

They also share some basic advice to essentially not be a pain:

• Know where you are allowed to go, follow signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available.

• Be mindful of crossing fields where there are animals, as your presence may cause them stress.

• Always have full control of your dog and keep it within your sight at all times. Any dog, regardless of breed, size or temperament is capable of causing considerable injury to livestock, in particular to ewes and lambs.

• Leave gates as you find them.

• Don’t interfere with livestock, machinery and crops.

• Protect the wildlife, plants and trees.

• Take your litter home.

• Be nice, say hello and share the space.