1. Stay on the trails
More important than usual in this breeding season because animals need their energy to feed and care for their young. You don’t want the little ones not to survive because parents have spent all their energy chasing off ‘intruders’.
2. Get out sooner or later
This way you spread the crowds and reduce the pressure on nature reserves. You will also find the most beautiful light in the morning and evening twilight and the greatest chance of seeing animals such as deer and squirrels. Of course you also make sure that you do not disturb them (see point 1)
Especially at visitor centers and central starting points of routes it is often (too) busy. So look for another place to go out into nature. For example, keep it closer to home or start your walk halfway through a route.
4. The only thing you leave in nature is your footprints
It is a popular saying in Scandinavia. So forget ‘You can throw it in the waste bin with the same ease’, because you can take it home with the same ease and prevent overflowing waste bins from causing problems in nature.
5. Control your dog
Only let go of a dog when you have it completely under control.
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Just because dogs are allowed to run loose does not mean that they cannot cause damage. Because who knows what your four-legged friend got up to when he was out of sight for a minute? Only let go of your dog when you have it completely under control, otherwise just put a strap on.
6. Never, ever feed
Of course it is special to see animals up close, but luring with food is an absolute no-go. In the first place because our food is way too fat / sweet / salty and therefore bad for your health. But the problem is at least as big is that animals get used to being fed by humans and thus get closer and bolder. A good example are the fries foxes that frighten people because they dare to come brutally close in search of food.
7. Think about that photo you are taking
A bird that keeps diving overhead. It doesn’t get any better for a photographer, you might think. But chances are this bird is wasting its much-needed energy to scare you away from its nest. You don’t want that, do you? The same applies to photographing at feeding places or of nests. Therefore: stay on the trails and take a photo only when you are sure that you are not disturbing animals in any way.
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