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Abbotts Barton Community Group is a community association which serves the people of Abbotts Barton and aims to act as a community anchor organisation. The main areas of work for the Group are:
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Monday 17 June 2013

Tick alert

Yesterday we were playing all kinds of games across the big park. When my son was brushing his teeth in the evening I saw what I thought was a big pimple on his back, very unusual for a seven year old. When I looked at it closer I found a tick sitting there right in the middle of his back but luckily it didn't have its head buried properly quite yet and came off very easily.

Please be aware that ticks apparently don't only sit in the high grass or the bushy path edges, it looks like they can also be here on our weekly mown park; my guess is that my son picked it up somewhere close to the river, as we were playing football down there and the grass is of differing heights near the bank. I don't think there are many, this was the first time in the seven years that we have been living here, but I will definitely make sure to check a bit more diligently in future that we didn't bring any creatures into the house after playing out there! And I will invest in some special tweezers for safe tick removal!

Further information:
Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness UK: Correct Tick Removal
NHS: Insect bites and stings - treatment
Lyme Disease Action: How do I remove a tick?

You can also collect the tick alive and send it to the Tick Recording Scheme.

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