The Dirty Dozen Dangers

Britain’s countryside is among the most beautiful in the world, and also among the safest in terms of dangerous wild aminals or poisonous plants.

There are still some dangers to look out for, so you can enjoy being in close contact with nature without your children, yourself or your pets being at risk.

What are the Dirty Dozen Dangers?

Click on any title to learn how to stay safe.

Insects and arachnids


1 – Ticks


2 – Bees, wasps and hornets


3 – Horseflies


4 – Biting spiders


5 – Hairy caterpillars (of the oak processionary moth)


Larger animals


6 – Adders


7 – Deer and cows


Dangerous plants


11 – Poisonous plants


10 – Thorns


 9 – Giant hogweed


12 – Parsnip plant


8 – Stinging nettles