Ticks and Lyme Disease: Warning: Ticks are a small blood-sucking mite. It lives on blood from wild animals such as deer but occasionally it may attach itself to humans when they walk through grass, bracken or heathland. The tick can carry a small bacterium called Borrelia burghdorferi in its stomach. This bacterium causes Lyme Disease. To help prevent this please stick to open paths and always keep your skin covered; wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts and tuck your trousers into socks if necessary. If you are bitten and you do not know how to remove a tick successfully, please visit your doctor or local A&E as soon as possible.
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is asking people to go on a bee walk – just choose a walk close to your home and make a note of any been activity you see along the way. Alternatively, why not join a bee safari – a guided walk taking part in different country parks across the UK. Bumblebees are essential. Find details at bumblebeeconservation.org
What is the secret to a long life? Walk two and a half hours a week. If you do this you could add more than seven years to your life researchers believe. The study found that even half of that is beneficial with 75 minutes of brisk walking a week – enough to extend life by almost two years. Harvard professor Dr I-Min Lee, the study’s senior, said: “We must not underestimate how important physical activity is for health – even modest amounts can add years to your life”.
Donate your old kit. Every year hundreds of porters, from the very young to the very old, carry massive loads in locations such as the Himalayas to aid western trekkers. Many are very ill-equipped, most are paid little and a huge numbers rely on donations from trekkers to buy the clothing they work in. Many suffer hugely; some die. Please support if you can. For more information on porters, visit: www.portersprogressuk.org.
Is your rucksack looking a bit worn and tired? Wash with Nikwax Tech Wash and then spray on Nikwax Tent and Gear SolarProof. This will not only make waterproof your rucksack but protect from UV degradation.
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The National Osteoporosis Society recommends regular weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, to keep bones strong. A 30 minute walk every day may reduce a man’s risk of death from cancer by 34%. Three hours of walking per week may reduce heart attack risk by 35%. Walking is simple, free and easy on the knees and a great work-out. Dean Hodgkin, a fitness expert recommends it.