DOGS are not allowed on some beaches across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole as summer restrictions come into force.

From now until the end of September, dogs are not allowed on any of the Blue Flag or Seaside Award-winning beaches.

These include Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Fisherman’s Walk, Manor Steps, Southbourne, Sandbanks, Shore Road, Canford Cliffs and Branksome Chine.

Bournemouth, Boscombe, Friar’s Cliff, Avon Beach and Highcliffe are also out of bounds for dog walkers.

The restrictions are put in place by BCP Council each year between May 1 and September 30.

During the rest of the year, dogs are allowed on all beaches but owners must pick up after their pet or risk a £1,000 fine.

BCP Council says: “Dogs are allowed on all beaches from 1 October to 30 April. At all times you must clean up after your dog. Failure to comply risks a fine of up to £1000.

“From 1 May to 30 September dogs are not allowed on any of our Blue Flag or Seaside Award beaches and dogs must be kept on the lead on all promenades, piers, zig zags and footpaths.”

The Bournemouth beaches that can be used all year round by dog walkers are:

  • Alum Chine Beach Office to Branksome Dene Chine
  • Middle Chine to Durley Chine
  • east of Fisherman’s Walk beach to Southbourne
  • Hengistbury Head

In Christchurch, people can walk their pets at:

  • Mudeford Sandbank
  • Gundimore Beach
  • Friars Cliff Beach (only between the wave wall and Groyne H4 at Highcliffe Beach)
  • Highcliffe Beach (no dogs between groynes H4 and H8 from 1 May to 30 September).

Meanwhile, in Poole, people can use:

  • eastern side of Branksome Chine beach office to Alum Chine Beach Office
  • western end of Sandbanks beach to Haven Point by the chain ferry
  • Hamworthy beach

Guide dogs are allowed on all beaches all year round but only when working, in a harness and controlled by a lead.