Enjoy the Countryside

Safety advice and exciting things to do in the British countryside

Stay safe while enjoying our beautiful wild areas


Britain’s countryside is among the most beautiful in the world and, compared to other countries, it is among the safest in terms of dangerous wild aminals or poisonous plants.

There are still some dangers to look out for.


Do you know…?

Do you know how to tell a harmless grass snake from a deadly British adder?

Could you recognise Britain’s most dangerous bug?

Do you know which common wild flower could give you severe skin burns?


The Dirty Dozen Dangers

Our list of dangers was compiled from the animals and plants which each kill a handful of people in Britan each year, and a few additional dangers which are not fatal but which most often cause suffering to childern. Find out how risky each danger is, and learn to recognise Britain’s Dirty Dozen Dangers. If you know how to avoid them, and what to do should the worst happen, you can enjoy our wonderful countryside without risk. 

Fun Things to Do

Britain’s countryside is full of exciting things to do for adults and children. You don’t have to limit yourself to walks and camping; our wild places are also playgrounds for artistic activities, meditating and getting fit. Visit our inspiration section for some things to do


How to remove a tick correctly

Ticks can walk long distances inside your clothing till they find a warm spot to bite you. You will not feel a thing, even while they are drinking blood. Watch this film to learn how to remove them safely.

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