Greetings one and all and welcome to the shiny new website for all things volunteering at Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve. Here you will find lots of information about volunteering on the reserve, photographs of various shenanigans and on it will appear posts about events and other assorted things that are coming up.
Click on the drop-down menus in the black bar above to look at all the pages and get in touch if you want to know more.
I got a tick on Wed! Interested to know if I am the only tick magnet…
Yes, I think you are! You do seem to be so very loved by them. Charleen has still not had any all season!
What does a tick look like and how do you get rid of it?
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixodes_ricinus which is all about sheep ticks which I assume are the ones at Aberlady. I guess they may be deer ticks – maybe I should do a survey! You can buy special forceps for removing ticks – Tiso’s etc. I use round ended forceps which work well. I blob on some antiseptic afterwards.
My record for one visit to Aberlady is 42 ticks…… yuk!
Well slap my wrists for not having told you about ticks Liz. I try to let all volunteers know but you must have escaped the Tick Talk. I have added a page on ticks to the website (see under Safety Stuff for Volunteers to Know) with a link to a very useful site called Tick Prevention Week. Kate and Paul seem especially attractive to ticks. In five years on the nature reserve I’ve had only about ten tick bites.
Great job with the site John. It looks fab 🙂
Thanks Helen. Your rafting and leech-care skills have come out well in the photos!
Thanks for all the info on ticks. Having read Ray Mears’ poster on the Tick Prevention Week site, I shall now come out bundled up from head to toe (I do anyway), equipped with a stick to bash the bushes and flush lurking ticks, and inviting a Tick Buddy to look behind my ears (I think I’ll pass on that one). Talking of gaiters, I’ve never worked out how to put mine on.
I take it that you don’t feel anything when a tick bites?
You’ll not feel the tick latching on. They are sneaky. Bring your gaiters along to the next group and we’ll have a dressing session and fashion show!
What utterly beautiful moths among the moth-trapping pix, especially the Green Carpet and the Garden Tiger. Whoever named them was inspired as well.