Bites and stings

12 UK insects and bugs that bite or sting

Find out which native creatures are most likely to feast on you, including wasps, bees, ants, spiders, midges and ticks.

Plant dangers in the garden and countryside

A guide to the plants that can sting, scratch or poison you and what to do if you or your family are affected.

Safe swimming: what's lurking in the water?

How to make sure you don’t catch or encounter anything nasty in the sea, river, pond or lake.

Animal and human bites

Find out what to do if you've been bitten by an animal or person, and how you can reduce your risk of being bitten.

Snake bites

Find out what to do if you or someone you're with is bitten by a venomous snake, such as an adder or an exotic species.

Healthy holidays

How to keep your family healthy during the summer holidays. Includes beach safety, camping safety and free activities.

Summer health

Be healthy and safe in summer, throughout heatwaves, barbecues, hay fever, stings and in the swimming pool.