The return of #TurdTag
Dog fouling is one of the most complained about incivilities and our most recent surveys indicate that dog fouling was recorded at almost 10% of sites we assessed last year. As part of our #TurdTag campaign in May we raised awareness of this issue and also found that bagged dog poo was 1.5x (50%) more common that unbagged.
Some of our survey data has suggested that over the colder, darker months dog fouling incidences across Scotland increase. We know people are less likely to pick up after their dogs when they feel they aren’t being watched, this has been tested with Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘We Are Watching You’ campaign which saw a reduction in instances when there were glow in the dark eyes ‘watching’ dog owners. Through Autumn and Winter, with more dark hours, owners could feel less watched and therefore less pressured into picking up after their dog. This is why we're bringing #TurdTag back in November to collect more data and make sure owners are encouraged to act responsibly and #BagIt and #BinIt.
We're asking people to count the number of dog poos, both bagged and unbagged, over roughly 100m and use social media to promote what they're finding using the hashtag #TurdTag.
#TurdTag will be taking place for two weeks from 31st October this year. Over the two weeks we want to encourage as many people as possible to feed in data on the number of dog poos they're finding near them. All you need to do is:
1. Select a 100m stretch to use as a transect.
2. When out for a walk, on the way to the shops or work, count the number of bagged or unbagged dog poos you see (and why not take a photo?)
3. Post your #TurdTag on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram tagging @CleanUpScotland or @KSBScotland
4. Repeat – why not choose a different stretch to log the poos you find?
5. Email your results at the end of the fortnight, including your location and local authority to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to use our cool social media cards to promote the message? Download them here.
28 October 2020