your dog under close control when you are in areas where ground-nesting birds
are breeding or rearing their young. This is especially important between the months
of April and July (breeding season), and includes areas such as moorland,
grassland, forests and the seashore.
There is no
specific definition of what 'under close control' means. However, it is
expected that, if your dog is under close control, he will be able to respond
to and obey your commands immediately. If you are not confident that your dog
will, for example, sit or lie down on command, you should keep your dog on a
short lead. A 'short lead', for the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, is defined as
2m or less.