As of yesterday dog mess bags have been made available from Snowdonia National Park's Wardens and Tourist Information Centres. But what would you call them in Welsh?
During the summer the National Park Authority appealed to dog owners to dispose of their dogs' mess in a responsible manner and some improvement has been made following the appeal. However the concern persists, they say. The main problem areas are to be found in the most poopulous places - from Llyn Tegid, Traeth Benar and Llyn Mair in the southern area of the Park to Cwm Idwal, Pen y Pass, Abergwyngregyn Woods and Sychnant in the north.
Mair Huws, the Authority's Head of Wardens and Access said,
'We want people to enjoy themselves when they come to walk. But seeing and smelling dog mess affects people's enjoyment of the area, and creates an unpleasant experience for everyone. Not only that, but the mess can cause serious infections such as toxocariasis and can cause damage to the environment as well.'
'Unfortunately it is not uncommon to see dog owners allowing their animals to foul and then do nothing about it. Our hope, in introducing these bags, is that owners use them to clear the mess and then dispose [of] the bags in a responsible manner.'
Hopefully that won't just mean hanging them from the nearest tree.
The little blue bags, which are biodegradable and odourless, are available from the National Park Warden Offices at Pen y Pass, Betws y Coed, Penrhyndeudraeth, Dolgellau and Llyn Tegid, Bala. They are also available from the Authority's Tourist Information Centres in Betws y Coed, Beddgelert, Harlech, Dolgellau and Aberdyfi. Some are also available at Plas Tan y Bwlch in Maentwrog and the Authority's Headquarters in Penrhyndeudraeth.
Mair Huws has another request too:
'To our knowledge, there isn't a suitable Welsh name or term for these bags. If anyone has any suggestions, could you please contact the Park? We're eager to use a catchy and an easy to remember term, and one that we can put on the next production of printed bags.'
Suggestions can be sent to the National Park by email.