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  1. Lead shot ban

    Yes I'm sure that's the case(!) for hp shells I could imagine the pressure would be too much for the action and those high end guns where they are built closer to the barrel thickness limits. But I'm thinking more for normal steel shells where existing nitroproof is enough but you need the 70mm...
  2. Lead shot ban

    I think it's only a matter of time lead goes and it might be better for the shooting community to push it so we can get a better outcome and take credit for being proactive for once. So I sought counsel with my local gun shop on Christmas eve - they suggested we'd end up using steel for clays...
  3. Tony Blair on Jeremy Corbyn

    Pot kettle black etc. At least Corbyn wasn't responsible for diving into Iraq a second time under false pretences - though I'm sure if he had the chance he would have followed Blair with some class divide driven bans like the hunting ban. Richard Sent from my SM-J510FN using Tapatalk
  4. RSPB again! Ring-necked-parakeets!

    They fly pretty well too saw some flying across the Thames recently and they would have been very sporting - if only....... Richard Sent from my SM-J510FN using Tapatalk
  5. New tick alert

    Here's the link to the more recent paper on the second foci of TBE in the UK. Once again Maya is really grateful to all those have helped by submitting samples to date and hopefully you'll have received sample packs for collecting as before if you have indicated you are happy to continue. Advice...
  6. New tick alert

    Here's the link to the paper - Maya will be contacting stalkers via same routes as before to arrange sample collection this autumn/winter too - many thanks to those who've helped so far and hopefully you can see how this has helped in this research...
  7. New tick alert

    There's lots of likely reasons why tick numbers have increased - in no particular order - more deer in more places, fewer cold winters, cessation of stubble burning, removal of certain sheep dips and reduced dipping; more sensitive farming methods which support more wildlife (especially lyme...
  8. Sub 12ft/lb Air Rifles for Rabbits

    Weirauch 100k in .22 for me too - with sticks it's scarily efficient out to 35-40yds (depending on the wind). How I ever shot rabbits with my Webley Vulcan and open sights freehand when I was a boy I don't know but there was a lot more missing than hitting i clearly remember that! Richard Sent...
  9. Reducing my plastic footprint - Phase 2: Flossing hoop

    I've done the same - childhood memories of pears soap had omitted my remembering your skin feeling like rubber afterwards though due to pH difference so now switched to Dove. Canned shaving foam also phased out as it's just the same using shaving soap or cream and lasts longer. Just makes sense...
  10. Sold: Drinks chiller

    Hi Yes please to chilled drinks cabinet and smaller chest freezer - could you send pm for address - assume cash on collection ok - is Thursday eve (22nd) Ok? Thanks Richard Sent from my SM-J510FN using Tapatalk
  11. Jacoby, Packham, Avery and Tingay debate

    I was interested to see them (the three stooges) all say they were happy with walked up grouse shooting but not driven "intensive" grouse shooting - do they assume that's there's no-keepering where walked up shooting happens? - it's still moorland that needs to be managed and keepered otherwise...
  12. Incidence of Lyme disease in the UK: a population-based cohort study (30 July, 2019)

    Hi Alan It's good in that the card has two sizes of vee and a magnifier but it's harder to use in some less accessible spots ticks sometimes get into! Like the idea of the membership card - they are made by "safecard" don't know how much they are but BDS must have had a batch of branded ones...
  13. Incidence of Lyme disease in the UK: a population-based cohort study (30 July, 2019)

    Hi Alan It could still happen (by regurgitation) so better to use a tick tool or similar - also if you squeeze it I guess they could still release from salivary gland too . Was very impressed with my BDS credit card on the nymph attached to.me recently. Best regards Richard Sent from my...
  14. Incidence of Lyme disease in the UK: a population-based cohort study (30 July, 2019)

    Hi Sharpie I think many would agree with your comments there - because Lyme isn't a reportable disease and doesn't require a diagnostic test if the GP sees a rash then total numbers of true cases is always going to be an estimate but some estimates are better than others. There's another paper...
  15. Incidence of Lyme disease in the UK: a population-based cohort study (30 July, 2019)

    Lol Strictly catch and release down here (apart from ticks which get a different kind of respect!) Tight lines Richard Sent from my SM-J510FN using Tapatalk
  16. Incidence of Lyme disease in the UK: a population-based cohort study (30 July, 2019)

    Deer can raise tick numbers but is the small rodents and birds that lead to borrelia carriage in ticks - I was reaeading a polish study recently- higher numbers of ticks in boreal forest but higher Lyme carriage rate and lower numbers in urban parks. Grey squirrels, rats, smaller rodents, song...
  17. What precautions do you take to avoid ticks?

    It should be doxycycline although alternatives available if this can't be used See link below https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng95/chapter/Recommendations#management BR Richard Sent from my SM-J510FN using Tapatalk
  18. DSC1 Question struggling with an answer help!!

    I did this too it means you really get more out the course as you know the factual stuff your being taught and all the jigsaw pieces just fall together
  19. Ticks/Treatment

    Bullseye rash only happens in approx 2/3 of cases so you may not have had it when you were infected but woukd have had symptoms. Doctor should also treat on basis of symptoms as well as presence of antibodies - have a look at the NICE guidance on diagnosis and treatment...
  20. Ticks/Treatment

    I'd concur with this - not all ticks carry borrelia (carriage rate varies from zero to low teens as % of tick population) and even if you get bitten by an infected tick you don't necessarily get infected. However if you get the bulls eye rash get to GP and get treated asap (no further...

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