Remember when you are out enjoying the hills to protect yourself from bringing home more than just fond memories.
Unfortunately ticks are becoming more common and a bite from an infected tick could lead to Lyme Disease. This is a treatable infection caused by bacterium transmitted by ticks when they bite. Not every tick carries Lyme Disease and it is important to realise that the disease is relatively rare.
Ranger Andy Stevenson has some helpful advice
"There are some simple precautions you can take to reduce your chances of getting bitten by a tick. Keep to paths and tracks. If passing through areas of rough vegetation it's a good idea to tuck trousers into socks. Check your clothing and exposed skin for ticks at regular intervals and again at the end of the day. "
For further information download a tick information leaflet from our website click here the leaflet includes information on what ticks look like and what to do if you are bitten. Alternatively you can call the Quantock Hills AONB Office on 01823 451884 to have a leaflet sent out to you.
A useful website for more information about ticks is http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/visiting/vi-planningyourvisit/vi-tick-advice
Georgie Grant - July 2015-->