The practice is hugely widespread across the whole country with sites in virtually every county.
The practice seems to occur up and down the country as randy exhibitionists play out their fantasies in car parks and woodland across the land. Here is everything you need to know about the raunchy pastime…
What is dogging?
Dogging is a British slang term of having sex in public while other people watch and quite often take part and join them.
The phrase is thought to come from the term “walking the dog” as dog walkers used to stumble across couples getting amorous in their cars outdoors.
The practice usually occurs in car parks and woodland and frequently involves strangers in an either active or voyeuristic role.
In 2003, the term “dogging” rose to prominence when it was reported that the craze was sweeping the internet as exhibitionists used the web to set up meets.
There is now internet evidence that the practice has spread as far afield as the US, Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, Barbados and Brazil.
How popular is public sex in the UK?
Public sex seems to be something of a national pastime for a great number of Brits.
Last year a survey revealed that 47 per cent of Brits admitted to getting it on in a public place.
The study conducted by TV channel Alibi showed that it was in fact the second most common crime, after speeding, people admitted to having committed.
Where are the UK’s most notorious dogging sites?
Dogging seems to be pretty much nationwide with virtually every county having suitable locations according to various internet hook-up websites.
The activity seems particularly popular in South London and Home Counties with one survey claiming that 14 of the 29 most popular sites were in the area.
Neighbouring Kent also featured highly on the list but people getting frisky al fresco is by no means restricted to the South East.
Is dogging illegal?
Although the practice of dogging is not explicitly banned by one particular law, there are a multitude of offences for anyone one caught doing the dirty in public, and they could be charged.
These include anything from indecent exposure, public lewdness and gross indecency, to name a few.
People caught dogging could possibly be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 or under the common law offence of outraging public decency, however this is very rare.
In some very rare cases doggers have found themselves on the sex offenders register.