TRESA is joining with over 50 schools and community organisations doing their bit to highlight the problem of dog fouling in Bristol. Please get in touch if you would like to help (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Why are we doing this? The Clean Streets Campaign is working with Bristol University and the Sustainable Learning Eco Schools Team to highlight the problem of dog fouling and its health impact, which affects our schools and communities. They want to change the behaviour of dog owners and examine and share scientific findings about how we can change the behaviour of dog owners and the bugs that we find living in the dog fouling found on the city’s streets.
Who is involved? Bristol University School of Policy Studies and School of Veterinary Studies; Sustainable Learning Eco Schools Team; Clean Streets Campaign.
What will they be doing? On or around 26 May participants will walk a route where there are problems with dog fouling in their local community. If dog poo is spotted, it will be logged in the table provided, photos taken (if possible) and a message will be sprayed using the paint and stencil provided. The the data will be sent to Poo Patrol. Two weeks later, around 9 June, participants will retrace the route and conduct a recount of dog poo (logging data as before). Dog poo will be sprayed and counted and the data sent to Poo Patrol.
What happens to the dog fouling? After 9 June, Bristol Waste Company will remove the dog fouling from the locations recorded on the data sheets and Bristol City Council can use the data to help them target future enforcement.
What happens to the data collected? The data collected that has been sent through to Bristol University will be analysed to measure the impact of this behaviour change project. The analysis will be compiled into a scientific paper and published by Bristol University. The paper will also include the findings of the Veterinary Studies team who will investigate samples of the dog fouling for evidence of the toxocara canis roundworm. A copy of the report will be provided when it becomes available.