A new website has been launched to educate the British public about the serious dangers the countryside contains, with twelve being highlighted for particular attention.
Enjoythecountryside.com sees two non-profit organisations, Caudwell LymeCo charity and Lyme Disease UK, collaborate to raise awareness and provide support to people who have suffered the bites of Britain’s most dangerous arachnid, the tick. Ticks are nature’s dirty needles, spreading devastating infections, including Lyme disease.
Speaking at the launch of the website, John Caudwell, Founder, Chairman and Trustee of Caudwell LymeCo said:
“I am proud that my charity is launching this new website and I hope it will help reduce the number of people catching Lyme and other tick borne diseases in Britain. Every year, according to the NHS, two to three thousand people contract Lyme disease. That’s a staggering 5-8 cases every single day. I hope enjoythecountryside.com will help others enjoy our natural beauty spots safely.”
The website offers vital information on how to recognise, avoid, and deal with bites, stings and encounters with the ‘Dirty Dozen Dangers’ in Britain. Advice ranges from how to avoid stepping on adders, to the safe removal of toxic hairy caterpillars.
The website will feature a growing list of guest writers and celebrities offering exciting ideas on how to enjoy the countryside, from foraging for natural foods to meditating or exercising.
CEO of Caudwell LymeCo, Veronica Hughes said:
“Our aim is to encourage people to go out into nature and enjoy all its beauty through walks, sports and healthy activities whilst raising awareness of how to stay safe. Few British people would know what to do if they got bitten by a tick, which can paralyse or cause encephalitis; how to help someone if a bee sting leads to anaphylactic shock; or how to placate stampeding cattle.”
Future projects will see enjoythecountryside.com develop activities and educational materials for schools and sporting organisations, online competitions and other community-building projects.
Natasha Metcalf, co-founder of Lyme Disease UK said:
“So many patients with tick-borne diseases in our support group caught their illness whilst, ironically, trying to improve their health by spending more time outdoors. We want to protect others from suffering from infectious diseases transmitted by ticks. Being forewarned is being forearmed.”
Anyone interested in writing a guest article on enjoythecountryside.com or are invited to make their initial approach via the website’s Contact page.