What are Britain’s biggest dangers?

Whilst most people in Britain realise that bulls are dangerous and that we have a species of deadly adder, few realise that more people have been killed by deer and by wasp stings than by adder bites and bull attacks. Enjoythecountryside.com has compiled a list of Britain’s Dirty Dozen Dangers based on animals and plants… More What are Britain’s biggest dangers?

Parsnip plant

What does it look like?  Why is it dangerous? Handling the parsnip plant, which grows wild and is cultivated in gardens and allotments, may make your skin very sensitive to light, leading to burning, blisters and a painful rash. The plant’s sap  contains chemicals called furoumarins. These chemicals are absorbed by the skin and can… More Parsnip plant

Poisonous plants

What do they look like? Below, we list some of Britain’s deadliest plants.  Foxgloves This beautiful flower, known as foxglove or digitalis purpurea, grows wild and in many a British garden. The commonest colour, usually seen in the wild, is purple. It is in the top ten list of the commonest causes of accidental poisoning… More Poisonous plants

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

What do they look like? Wasps  Hornets Bees Why are they dangerous? Around 5 to 12 people each year die from bee, wasp and hornet stings, according to the mortality statistics for England and Wales. For most people, bee, wasp and hornet stings are very painful, but not dangerous. Serious allergic reactions can occasionally occur, causing… More Bees, Wasps and Hornets