Wildlife, it’s everywhere and it is my
very favourite thing about living in such a
beautiful place, we are lucky enough to share it with a wide range of
First things, first, be prepared, as
glorious as it is, there are things that would quite happily eat you.
If you are spending time in an area
with heather, bracken and long grasses, especially if the area is
visited by Deer or Sheep (almost certainly here), chances are you and
your dogs will be at risk from ticks.
Wear protective clothing, long boots or
gaiters and do check yourself over after spending any amount of time
Ticks can be dangerous, they can carry
Lyme’s disease, but the risk is minimised by
removing the tick cleanly and as soon as possible.
I spend so much
time outside with my dogs it has become a part of the daily routine
to check them all over and quickly remove the little beastie!
They are reddish, brown or grey
and can be various sizes, I’ve found tiny ones, smaller than a pin
head, and even worse, I’ve found large ones like big grey peas on my
The very best, quickest, cleanest and
easiest way to remove them from people and pets is with these O’Tom Tick Twister
Always keep some in your rucksack!
If you become unwell within around 30
days after finding a tick on you, you must let your doctor know, the
sooner you are treated for Lymes disease the better chance you have
of being successfully treated.
As gross as they are, generally their
bite doesn’t hurt, nor does it hurt to remove them, but do ensure you
keep an eye on the bite area on you or your pet to help prevent the risk
The midges, the midges,
I’m no gonnae kid ye’s,
the midges is really the limit.
Wi teeth like piranhas, they drive ye
If ye let them get under yer simmit!
Midges bites hurt! You can feel them,
it amazes me how they are so tiny, with such delicately patterned
wings they look so harmless but can be so annoying, their mouths feel like a mini circular saw!!
Don’t let them ruin your trip!
|One of my dogs collecting critters!
I know we are going to have beautiful
weather if I open the door to let the dogs out in the morning and
there are a swarm of midges waiting to eat me.
Get to know them so they don’t ruin
There are untold products out there to
protect you from insect bites, however the best we have found is Avon
Skin So Soft dry oil spray.
If you don’t have any, you might be
lucky and Karlina
might have her usual reserves in stock.
If it’s windy, or raining, chances are
you wont be bothered by these little beasts, they tend to hang around
dawn and dusk in sheltered places.
I have heard (but not yet tried) a
yeast trap, apparently if you put some yeast and warm water in a jar
the midges are attracted to the carbon dioxide and will drown in the
Midges are also a food source for many
other beauties, so while they may be a minor irritation for us they are well worth tolerating for the sake of the bats, birds and other animals that need them in their daily diet