We are excited beyond words to announce that Botanic Protect’splant based tick repellent is now available to buy on new sustainability shopping site, Dayrize.com!!!
Dayrize.com is taking the online shopping world by storm – it’s been featured in The Sunday Times and on BBC News – amongst others!
Dayrize offers a new approach to sustainable shopping online, making it easy and enjoyable to buy products that do good! Everyone can make a little bit of difference with every purchase!
Each brand on Dayrizeneeds to pass a strict criteria even to get listed! Then they use a special ‘sustainable assessment tool’ to give each product their own unique sustainability score so buyers know exactly what they’re buying – genius!!
And, Botanic Protect is the perfect fit for Dayrizeas the repellent formula is naturally derived, sustainably and ethically sourced – and it’s biodegradable!
As October half term approaches, families will be looking to let off steam outdoors which means being ‘tick aware’. The country has seen unusually high tick numbers this year and Public Health England and local councils have issued renewed warningsurging people to be on the lookout for ticks while spending time outdoors.
Ticks are most active between March and October and so it’s important to stay ‘tick aware’ well into autumn.
When should we use Botanic Protect?
Public Health England recommends incorporating a repellent into daily routines whenever spending time outdoors to guard against tick bites and the risk of contracting Lyme disease.
Botanic Protect is a naturally derived tick repellent which offers adults and children (including babies from 6 months+) effective protection against ticks. It’s ideal for families, gardeners, outdoor educators, walkers and anyone who enjoys time outdoors!
Rangers and outdoor-based volunteers are exactly the type of people who are potentially exposed to ticks and I wanted to do my bit to help raise awareness about tick prevention and highlight the simple steps which volunteers can take to avoid picking up tick bites while working outdoors.
The Chiltern Rangers work with local communities to provide practical habitat management in Bucks and the wider Chilterns. They do an amazing job managing 13 nature reserves and helping conservation and local authority partners with habitat management. They achieve all of this with the help of volunteers!
The work carried out by volunteers, like the Chiltern Rangers, is vital to local communities and so we can’t let a few nasty ticks put us off but we can make sure everyone is ‘tick aware’!
With families catching up on much-missed activities, the summer holidays have flown by and it’s now time to get back to school!
Forest School plays an integral part of education – with many schools, clubs and education centres offering children the opportunity to participate in outdoor-based learning, as standard.
As the new term gets underway, it serves as a useful reminder for the need for children to be ‘tick aware’while doing outdoor activities so as to guard against the risk of contracting Lyme disease.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a serious bacterial infection which can be spread to people through the bite of an infected tick. It is a very serious condition which affects the nervous system and, if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly, the consequences can be life changing.
Lyme disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose; it is associated with a red ‘bulls-eye’ rash but not everyone gets a rash (about 1/3rd of people diagnosed with Lyme disease did not have a rash).
What are ticks?
Ticks are small, spider like creatures which feed on the blood of animals and people. During this feeding process, infected ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other nasty tick-borne diseases.
Ticks love to lurk in woods, forests and long grassy areas but can also be found in back gardens and urban parks.
How big is the problem?
There has been a year on year increase in Lyme disease cases over the last decade and experts are predicting a ‘tick explosion’ over the next few years.
The UK has already seen unusually high tick numbers this summer which prompted Public Health England and local councils to issue renewed warningsurging people to be ‘tick aware’ while spending time outdoors. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust recently reported a 3 fold increase in tick numbers!
Be prepared this term…
So, as we head into autumn, it’s important to stay ‘tick aware’. Here are our top ‘tick tips’:
Stick to clearlydefined paths to avoid brushing against overhanging vegetation where ticks may be hiding
Avoid dense vegetation
Wear trousers, long sleeve tops and boots whenever possible to reduce direct exposure to ticks
Wear light coloured clothing so that ticks can be spotted quickly and brushed off
We’re super excited to announce that Botanic Protect is sponsoring the Purbeck WALX Festival which is taking place on the 17th to 19th September 2021 in Dorset..!
The festival is in its 5th year and celebrates everything great about walking and our stunning Jurassic coastline!
The festival offers walkers a unique combination of workshops, presentations, social events and over 100 guided walks -as well as the only dedicated UK walking and Nordic Walking Marathon..!
The festival will be hosted at the foot of the beautiful Corfe Castle and is suitable for all levels – the main aim is to walk, talk and socialise!!
The full timetable is now available via the festival homepage, in conjunction with Nordic Walking UK. There are a few tickets left so why not take a look..!!
WALX is an exciting national walking club which offers thousands of WALX experiences across the country every week! It’s not only great for fitness but it’s also really sociable – all the photos we’ve seen from the WALX groups show very happy, smiley people!!
WALX has supported Botanic Protect from the outset to help raise awareness about the need for walkers to ‘be tick aware’while spending time outdoors and we’re super excited to be attending the festival so we can meet the WALX team in person and lots of their members!
We’re so excited that Out to the Woods CIC has officially launched their new website and announced they will be taking bookings from autumn 2021!
Out to the Woods is a Community Interest Forest School based in Kent which helps connect local people with nature to improve well-being and resilience. It is set in beautiful, ancient woodland in Bicknor.
Out to the Woods will run classes for children and adults, with particular focus on helping those with mental health issues and people living with dementia. They will also be offering special classes for key workers.
They are also collaborating with a number of local partners, including the Kent Downs AONB Experience to offer bespoke immersive experiences for visitors to the county to enjoy.
Sunita, who is founder and Director of Out to the Woods, is a primary school teacher and, somehow, manages to run a Forest School in her spare time! She’s been working tirelessly behind the scenes over the last few months to bring the local community in Kent together.
This an amazing achievement and an absolute asset to the local area and we feel honoured to have been able to watch this project develop and support the work they have done.
Like us, Out to the Woods feels passionately about tick prevention and we would like to thank them for helping to raise awareness about this important issue.
Congratulations to Sunita and the team, what an amazing project!
Families Chiltern magazine is an essential read for parents, giving trusted advice, ideas and activities for the whole family.
The magazine has been published for over 16 years and offers parents great articles on parenting, education, childcare, family health and travel.
With many families looking to holiday in the UK again this year, Families Chiltern has produced this bite-size guide for parents looking to camp for the first time. Planning your camping trip can be a daunting task and so the article sets out some essential do’s and don’ts!
They’ve also asked readers for their top tips! Our favourite has to be – pack a bottle of wine at the top of your bag and unpack this first to ensure fewer arguments while putting up the tent!
So, whether you are camping or glamping this summer, why not impress your friends by doing your research and read this handy guide (page 27) before you set off…
On a more serious note, tick numbers are on the rise in the UK and we are currently in high tick season. Ticks are small, spider like creatures which feed on the blood of animals and humans.
Ticks lurk in vegetation and wait for potential hosts (i.e. us!) to feed on. During this feeding process, ticks can transmit bacterial infections, like Lyme disease and cause Alpha-Gal allergy – which is a serious red meat allergy. If Lyme disease is not treated quickly, it can be life changing. For more information, read our ‘What you need to know’page.
It is a common misconception that infected ticks are mainly in the South of England and Scottish Highlands. Ticks thrive in any area where there is dense ground vegetation (like woodlands) but can also be found in urban parks and back gardens.
According to The Big Tick Project (a national survey and awareness campaign) almost the entire UK poses a tick risk, with many staycation destinations in the UK now designated as high risk. You can view the interactive map here to find out about your local area.
Public Health England advises that people incorporate a repellent into their daily routines whenever spending time outdoors to guard against the risk of tick bites.
We recommend using Botanic Protect tick repellent whenever your family is doing outdoor activities, including camping.
Botanic Protect tick repellent is:
Effective against ticks
Suitable for children of all ages (from 6 months old)
Scientifically proven and DEET-free
Manufactured in the UK
For more information or to buy, please visit our shop.
We’ve been working closely with Korpi Forest School, in South East England, to help raise awareness about the importance of Forest School leaders and their groups being ‘tick aware’ while learning outdoors.
This month we caught up with Jen Pearson-Young, who is Managing Director and Level 3 Forest School Leader at Korpi Forest School, to find out more about her Forest School journey.
American actor, Alec Baldwin, has spoken out again recently about his experience of Lyme disease.
The 63 year old has been battling with Lyme disease for the last 20 years after being bitten several times by ticks. He said that the Hamptons, where he lives, has plenty of forests and fields and is like “tick central”. He and his family “live in fear of Lyme disease”.
He describes how his symptoms came on one August when he was in his forties, “like someone snapped their fingers and put a spell on me.” He says that it just attacks him, he gets “inexplicable” joint pain and ends up spending days in bed.
Alec reflects on the fact that he and his wife want their 6 children to make the most of time outdoors but the risk in his area is so great that they can’t do as much as they’d like. Alec’s wife has said that she is “pulling ticks off the kids all year long” and he wishes they did not have to spend everyday “going over them with a magnifying glass to make sure they don’t have any ticks on their body”.
Alec has noted that ticks are particularly active when they have a mild winter (which might explain why ticks are adapting so well to life in the UK).
Alec has worked with Lyme disease charities in the US to help raise money for more research. Lyme disease is a much bigger problem in the US with approximately 300,000 new cases a year. Although the UK has a much lower number of cases, the problem is on the rise and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Lyme disease is now the fastest spreading and most common vector borne disease in Europe.
For more information about Lyme disease and ticks, click here.
The WHO’s findings certainly support our experience that tick activity in the UK is increasing. We are getting reports of ticks from all over the country and that they are more active than this time last year! Recent research from the Universities of Glasgow and Liverpool has confirmed that ticks are adapting to survive in all types of habitats in the UK, not just wooded areas.
So, when it comes to ticks, prevention is key! Here are our tops tips:
Top tick tips!
Stick to clearly defined paths
Wear light coloured clothing so ticks can be spotted easily and brushed off
Wear trousers, long sleeve tops and boots, whenever possible
Spray Botanic Protect on all areas of exposed skin
Use a picnic blanket or mat when sitting on grass (preferably without a pile)
Carry out regular tick checks
Keep a tick removal tool in the house or in your bag
Stay up to date with your pet tick treatments
If you would like to know more about ticks, visit our ‘case studies’ page here.
*Source, People.com, “Alec Baldwin on Dealing with Years of Lyme Disease Pain”, by Julie Mazziotta 09.06.21
As Lyme Disease Awareness Month 2021 is coming towards an end, we wanted to share this interview which Matt Dawson gave to Channel 5 News in 2017. The former England Rugby Captain contracted Lyme disease after a trip to Richmond Park in London and had to undergo several heart operations.
The points he makes about Lyme disease and tick prevention in this interview are as relevant today, as they were 4 years ago and it’s well worth a watch.
We were delighted this week to feature in the May edition of home counties magazine, Your Amersham! The article is all about Lyme Disease Awareness Month and offers up our ‘top tick tips’ to help local families avoid picking up a tick this summer.
Why not grab a coffee and read the full article (page 16) here..!
We are very excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with WALX, the nationwide walking club, and Nordic Walking UK to make Botanic Protect tick repellent available to their members this summer!
WALX and Nordic Walking UK are doing their bit for Lyme Disease Awareness Month and have both published the blog, ‘Time is ticking’ highlighting the importance of walkers being ‘tick aware’ whilst enjoying time outdoors. You can read the full blogs here and here.
This is an amazing video titled ‘What everyone should know about Lyme disease’ which was released this Bank Holiday weekend to coincide with Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
The video was made with the help of the Caudwell Lyme Co Charity and features Bunny Guinness, who is an award winning landscape and garden designer, and columnist at The Telegraph. She contracted Lyme disease a few years ago.
In the video, Bunny summarises all the key information which you need to know about Lyme disease and tick prevention and is a must view!
The video has already had over 7k views and counting..!
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month (to coincide with the start of high tick season) and this article featured in the Daily Record last week serves as a timely reminder as to why being ‘tick aware’ is so important.
This young tree surgeon describes his “traumatic ordeal” after contracting Lyme disease from a tick bite while working in 2018.
He is urging people to be on their guard this summer whilst enjoying post-lockdown ‘staycations’ and not to confuse Lyme disease symptoms for COVID.
As his Mother describes, “until you’ve seen what Lyme disease can do you can’t appreciate how bad it can be”
Sadly, we are gong to be seeing more stories like this. Read the full article here.
We are so excited to feature in this month’s edition of Families Chiltern!
Families Chiltern has been looking after families in the Chiltern Hills for over 16 years and always offers great information and tips to local parents. To read the full article, click here!
With many families looking forward to another year of staycations, it’s important to remember to be tick aware while spending time outdoors. Many popular staycation destinations around the country have been designated as high tick risk areas by the Big Tick Project (a national awareness and research campaign), including Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.
Public Health England recommends using a repellent while enjoying time outdoors to guard against tick bites so order your bottle of Botanic Protect today ready for those outdoor activities..!
For more information about Botanic Protect plant based tick repellent, visit our online shop today!
Now, here at Botanic Protect we love everything outdoors, so what better way to celebrate the great British countryside than to go behind the scenes at the beautiful and exclusive Wildflower Glamping campground in the heart of Norfolk Broads National Park!
We asked founder of Wildflower Glamping, Kerry Radley, what it’s like to run a glamping site in one of the most peaceful and inviting parts of the country!
What inspired you to start your own glamping site and when did you first open your ‘gates’?!
I have a lovely unused wildflower field at the back of my house, and Covid severely affected my income from yoga teaching, so one day some friends and I were wondering what I could do to supplement my income (which would be enjoyable too) and the concept of running a pop-up glampsite came up. The rest is history!
What is your background, have you always wanted to be a glampsite owner?
I am a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher and mother of 3. I have a good sense for interior design and have always been a keen camper so although I’ve never run a glampsite before, it has all come quite naturally to me!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve witnessed as a glamping site owner?
The strangest and most wonderful thing is how the wildlife has adapted to the bell tents on the field so quickly. Kestrels sit on the tents now to hunt prey.
What would you say to people who are considering glamping? What makes glamping a great holiday experience?
It’s so great to just turn up and have a beautifully dressed bell tent, kitchen, fire pit and facilities all ready for you – no packing up of everything you need and having to pitch when you arrive after a long journey!
The solitude and privacy at Wildflower Glamping means you can really get away from it all, but have the glory of Norfolk on your doorstep, should you wish. It’s also wonderful to stay in a bell tent instead of a plastic tent, as they regulate temperature much better and feel like an actual living space!
Can you glamp all year round?
The bell tents are not suitable for use in winter and so we have just invested in 2 wooden structures to place in the garden area for all year round use as air B&B. These will have amazing views across acres of farmland! This also allows us to rest the glamping field until next summer.
What facilities are on site at Wildflower Glamping and what makes you stand out from the crowd?
We are a very sustainable site – we have compost loos and solar showers, and nothing disposable or single-use. The best thing is there only 4 bell tents, so you don’t feel as if you are in rows of tents close together with allotted pitches.
There is 2 1/2 acres to relax in, so over 1/2 an acre per tent! Also, as access is through my garden and there is no vehicle access to the field, it’s completely private and peaceful.
The view from each tent is nothing but fields and the big Norfolk sky! Both the sunrise and sunset can be seen from the field, and it is filled with ever-changing wildflowers. In addition, the nearest beach is 30 minutes away, where you can swim with seals, and we are in the heart of the Broads National Park.
How important is it to you to nurture wildlife at your site?
Very important – we let the field grow wild, except for mown paths and circles for the tents themselves. No chemicals have been used for at least 15 years and I have let hedgerows grow wild for the same amount of time, so I have little owls and many other birds nest in the same place every year.
I have noticed the increase in insects, as well as birds and animals, as this is a safe space for them. I have foxes and hares breed here, and they come close to the house now as they know I am no threat.
The location is surrounded by farmland and broads and so the site has limited facilities so as to offer the least disturbance to wildlife – so if the sun’s not out the showers will be cold (be warned!).
What are your top 3 ‘must have’ items for glampers?
Books, sturdy shoes and a love of nature!
Describe how running Wildflower Glamping makes you feel in 3 words!
Love people relaxing!
How can people find out more about Wildflower Glamping?
Botanic Protect is a naturally derived tick repellent which offers adults and children (including babies from 6 months+) effective protection against ticks. It’s ideal for glampers, gardeners, walkers and anyone who enjoys time outdoors!
For more information and to buy visitour online shop.