Tiny but dangerous British wildlife to beware of this summer – and some can be deadly

The UK may be devoid of apex predators such as lions, tigers and Komodo dragons, but that doesn’t mean our wildlife can’t be dangerous.

Now, with school being out for the summer and sunny temperatures set to continue, many families will be making the most of the great outdoors.

But lurking in the great outdoors are a handful of species of tiny critter from whom you need to protect yourself.

Luckily, the gardening and outdoor specialists at BillyOh.com have identified the potentially deadly bugs and wildlife Britons should be extra vigilant around this summer…

Dangerous British wildlife to beware of this summer

1. Weever fish

Weever fish are found in shallow areas of Britain’s waters and are so well camouflaged you can’t often see them.

Greater weever fish

Around 15cm long and with a poisonous dorsal fin made of five spines, the Weever Fish will usually attack before and after low tide, injecting venom from its spines into beachgoers feet.

It will feel like you’ve stepped on something sharp and the pain will get worse after half an hour and can cause headaches, fever, nausea, abdominal cramps and seizures.

If you get stung by a Weever Fish, seek medical attention immediately.

2. Yellow Tailed Scorpions

The yellow tailed scorpion lives in the cracks in walls and can be found in areas such as London, Dorset and Hampshire – but they are slowly heading further North of the UK too.

We get scorpions in the UK too

The scorpion has a nasty sting and can kill a human if they are allergic.

3. Foxgloves

OK, so it’s not an animal, but it’s important to be aware of the dangers of floxgloves.

Although lovely to look at, these can seriously harm to animals and humans – especially the elderly and the young.

Naturally occurring toxins and pollen given off by this plant have a very negative effect on breathing if someone gets too close.

Foxgloves are beautiful, but can be harmful

If inhaled, symptoms include dilated pupils, drooling, vomiting, abnormal heart rate, tremors, seizures and even death. Seek medical attention immediately if any symptoms occur.

4. Horseflies

You’ll know if you’ve been bitten by a horse fly as it will be painful and develop into a large, red, itchy and swollen bump within minutes.

A horse fly bite cuts the skin instead of piercing it which is the reason for pain. Victims of the bite can experience a large raised rash, dizziness, wheezing, weakness and swollen body parts.

A bite from one of these can be seriously painful

You can treat horse fly bites with an icepack or damp cloth, but if the bite is on your face seek medical attention immediately.

5. Adders

Adders tend to hide in long grass and can attack with venomous fangs. There have been 14 adder related deaths recorded in the UK since 1876.

To be safe, make sure you check your path if walking through long grass, most bites occur if a snake is stepped on.

Adder attacks are rare, but they are venomous

6. Biting spiders

Common creepy crawlers in the UK include: the false widow spider, with its dangerous bite that can result in severe health complications; the woodlouse spider which has a very painful bite.

The there’s the biting wasp spider which has a fat, 2p coin sized body and alarming yellow and black stripes.

Certain species of spider in the UK can deliver a nasty bite

The mouse spider has mouse like hairs growing all over its brown body and can give someone a noticeable, painful bite.

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