Stay safe when you are out walking and meet cattle


Walkers are being urged to take care when they come into contact with cows this summer following the death of a pensioner in Wiltshire.

The 66 year old was walking his dog with his 70 year old brother in May when he was trampled to death by a herd of cows.

Although there have been no fatalities in East Sussex, there have been incidents of cows attacking walkers, particularly those with dogs. Following last month’s attack, East Sussex County Council is reminding people that the normally docile animals can become aggressive towards walkers with dogs and charge, especially when calves are present.

Transport and environment member Cllr Carl Maynard said: “Thankfully serious incidents involving walkers and cattle are very rare. However, we would always recommend walkers take steps to keep themselves as safe as possible. We want people to enjoy the beautiful countryside East Sussex has to offer, but we would encourage people to consider taking a mobile phone when out walking so they can call for help if they need to.”

To keep safe, walkers are advised to be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog; move quickly and quietly and if possible walk around the herd; keep your dog close and on a lead but don’t hang on to it if you are threatened by cattle; don’t get between cows and calves and don’t panic or run.