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Some unwanted wildlife

- It's tick bite prevention week - don't get caught out

Iain Porter

Posted by Iain Porter on 27 March 2012

Some unwanted wildlife The Quantocks are really coming alive with this recent spell of good weather. It is glorious on the hills right now, and it is a great opportunity to see the birds getting ready for the breeding season and the frogs and newts heading back to the ponds and streams.

Unfortunately the Ticks (small insects which bite and feed on mammals including us!) are also increasing their activity. There is a national campaign to try and prevent tick bites and more information can be found at http://www.tickbitepreventionweek.org/ or you can download a leaflet from our website: http://www.quantockhills.com/online_resources/view/tick_leaflet/ I walk my dog at various locations on the Quantocks almost every day and have noticed the increase in numbers found on her coat. It is worth just keeping an eye out for these little insects on your clothes and skin after you visit the countryside, as they can carry disease which are harmful to humans. For those of you that can't see our rather tiny photo of a tick, do check out the tick bite prevention week website, to see what these little critters really look like. Enjoy the sunshine!

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