Staying alert to Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ixodes ricinus tick by Thomas Zimmermann Creative Commons Licence

Ixodes ricinus tick by Thomas Zimmermann Creative Commons Licence

Today’s blog is written by Sophie Whitemore, a student at Peter Symonds College. She has just finished her A-Levels in Biology and Environmental Science and was an intern at OS for a week this summer.

Tick-Tock Tick-Tock, summer is drawing to an end and many of you may have spent the past few months walking, cycling, roaming and exploring around the Great British Isles. Scarily, you probably were not alone.

Along with all the woodland creatures you may have spent some time with Ixodes Ricinus (Tick) and this time of the year is the most popular time for this type of tick to make an unwanted appearance.

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Search and rescue dog handlers use our data!

When someone goes missing, many people and organisations get involved in the search and thanks to the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA), Ordnance Survey data is included in the tools the search agencies have at their disposal.

Lowland Search dogs (LSdogs) is a non-profit, voluntary organisation founded in 2002. It overseas the standards and testing for dogs used to search for missing persons in lowland areas of the UK and assists the police and other agencies involved in search and rescue operations. A dog can search an area of 50 – 80 acres with a high probability of detecting the whereabouts of the missing person within an hour to an hour and a half, so they can be a vital and useful member of any search team.

Images: Lowland Search dogs

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