Animals can cause problems with smell, flies, noise and other pests. Some of these we can offer advice and help with, possibly even legal action. Some problems we cannot deal with because of their nature, or that the animal is wild and natural.
Our Animal Welfare Licensing Officer has produced specific advice about noisy dogs. On this page you will find information both on what to do if you are bothered by a noisy dog and the steps you can take to prevent your own dog becoming a nuisance to others.
Farm animals can disturb some people. Where farm animals are kept on a farm and cause disturbance, it is extremely unlikely that we will be able to take any formal action to reduce the disturbance.
Farm Animal Noise
Farm animals in a field or farm building will make a noise and this is often acceptable. We may not be able to take action over noise from farm animals, in a farm environment. If you see an animal in a field which appears in distress please contact the farmer as the first step to see if he is aware of the problem.
Most farmers consider their animals a valuable investment and will want to deal quickly with any animal which is in distress. Once you have made contact with the farmer, if you feel the animal is still in distress or the farmer is ignoring the problem please contact the RSPCA (external link) directly.
Waste and Manure
A common problem arising from farm animals is the spreading of waste or manure. In most cases farmers spread the waste onto land to enrich the fields for future crop production. This is good for the land and is also an example of effective recycling, without this process more artificial fertiliser would be used and a huge amount of waste would have to be disposed of to landfill.
Most farmers are careful about how much they apply, the time it is done and the weather forecast. There is a code of practice which suggest measures which can be taken to help reduce the odour from manure spreading activities. Manure and other wastes are often not ploughed into grassland.
If you are affected by an odour from manure spreading it is most likely only to last a few days
Each year we receive complaints about pigeons or gulls creating a mess or noise and on occasion about attacks on people. We have created a page on specific advice for living in harmony with these wild birds.