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kernowclimber
2010-08-22 01:25:04
What lurks in the bracken and bilberry...
Whilst walking up the lower slopes of Scarr from Oldbridge today I happened to notice a small spider like critter on the front of my trousers just above the knee. I knew instantly that it was a tick although in all my years of walking I have not seen one for real before. I think it was probably a male Ixodes ricinus tick which is found in areas of short grass, bilberry and bracken.

This tick had not had a meal on me, as it was not much larger in size than a poppy seed and I had been careful to put DEET on my arms, face and hands before leaving the car. My trousers were the ones you can buy that are treated with repellent.

These minute, harmless looking creepy crawlies are, however, a real threat to walkers as they can be carriers of a number of diseases including Lyme Disease, a very serious illness if not diagnosed and treated promptly. The Countryside Alliance Ireland has a very useful page on the lifecycle of ticks, the diseases they cause, the symptoms, and how to be tick aware:

http://www.caireland.org/our_campaigns/rural_livelihoods_campaigns/Are_You_Tick_Aware?/

The article made my flesh creep!!!! Has anyone else seen ticks in Wicklow, or even been bitten by one?


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Trekking in the Caucasus Mountains: The Chaukhi Massif, Georgia’s Dolomites
mcrtchly a day ago.
Mention Georgia and most people automatically think of the State of Georgia in the USA, but there?s another arguably m walk, Len: 34.0km, Climb: 1766m, Area: Georgia ()

  
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Lake District: Extended Kentmere Round
Onzy 3 days ago.
Classic Kentmere Round extended to take in High Street. 9 Wainwrights in total. walk, Len: 22.2km, Climb: 1108m, Area: Yoke, Lake District - Eastern Fells (Bri...

  
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A hike in the Alps Maritimes
mallowman 2 days ago.
I went to the Southern Alps for a trek at the end of October for hopefully some sun and a dose of vitamin D to get me through the winter. Here is a link to my blog of the trip. I hope you enjoy, S...

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Lake District: Fairfield Horseshoe
Onzy 3 days ago.
Lakes Classic round taking in 8 Wainwrights... walk, Len: 19.2km, Climb: 997m, Area: Nab Scar, Lake District - Eastern Fells (...

  
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"Deaded"
BleckCra a week ago.
Never would have thought it but it turns out mountains can can be named after insects. Despite all my decrying this site for its translation of Meelmore as Hill of the Ants, I find right on the do...

  
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Croagh Patrick
Paul_Rooney 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 7.7km, Climb: 709m, Area: Croagh Patrick, Croagh Patrick (Ireland) C...

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Binn Mhairg: A well worthwhile but neglected scramble
IainT a week ago.
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Aughinish: Clare Island
sandman a week ago.
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Near Truskmore, Dartry Mountains (Ireland)
Paul_Rooney 4 days ago.
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Scanlan's Island: Clare Island
sandman a week ago.
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Local 100
wwwalker 4 weeks ago.
I just wanted to say well done on the change to the local 100 conditions. I was nearly there but the last 2 or 3 would have involved almost going through peoples gardens etc. so I abandoned trying...

  
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Munnia Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a week ago.
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