Stay Safe Around Cows

Walkers in East Sussex, particularly those walking with dogs, are being warned to take care this summer when they come into contact with cows.

Last summer, British farmers and The Ramblers warned of the potential dangers that cows pose, after four people were trampled to death across the UK in just eight weeks.  

Although thankfully there have been no fatalities in East Sussex there have been incidents of cow attacks and most have involved walkers with dogs.

So, the County Council is reminding people that the normally docile animals can become aggressive towards walkers with dogs and charge, especially when calves are present.

The National Farmers' Union and The Ramblers say cows can feel threatened by dogs and are, therefore, more likely to attack. They have issued some advice for walkers:


• Do try not to get between cows and their calves

• Do be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you

• Do move quickly and quietly, and if possible walk around the herd

• Do keep your dog close and under effective control on a lead


• Don't hang onto your dog. If you are threatened by cattle - let it go as the cattle will chase the dog

• Don't put yourself at risk. Find another way round the cattle and rejoin the footpath as soon as possible

• Don't panic or run. Most cattle will stop before they reach you. If they follow just walk on quietly.

Councillor Matthew Lock, Lead Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at East Sussex County Council, said: "Thankfully serious incidents involving walkers and cattle are very rare. However, we would always recommend walkers follow this advice to keep themselves as safe as possible. We would also encourage people to consider taking a mobile phone when out walking on the paths in East Sussex so they can call for help if they need to."