Fishing under trees can be unsafe in windy conditions. Beware of falling branches.
Avoid cows with young calves, bulls, rams and farm dogs. Approach the river or lake with caution.
Do not touch snakes and do not put any part of your body into burrows, holes, stone walls or other similar openings.
Avoid wasps, hornets nests and beehives and wear insect repellent to reduce the risk of insect bites. Stings and bites must be treated immediately.
Check for ticks after returning home. Remove any ticks, swab with alcohol and apply antiseptic cream. Report any unexplained fever or rash around the bite site as soon as possible to your doctor, at risk of Lyme’s Disease.
Weil’s Disease & Sewage Effluent
Weil’s disease is transmitted in rat’s urine. Never put wet lines in your mouth or any other items of tackle that has been in the water. Wear waterproof plasters on any cuts or abrasions. Weil’s disease symptoms are flu like. Report any unexplained flu like symptom or fever to your doctor. There may also be a risk in some waters from treated swage effluent.
Avoid contact with blue-green algae. If contact is made, wash off immediately and never drink the water. Never let your dog ingest blue-green algae as there is no cure and it is always fatal.
Never touch any part of the Giant Hogweed as its sap is caustic and can cause severe burns. Never lick, chew or eat any unidentified plant, berries, fungi or mushrooms.
Be aware that pontoons constantly move, and are hence unstable. They are invariably wet and slippery which makes walking on them difficult and possibly unsafe. Maximum caution is needed.
Boats are constantly moving and are unstable when their balance is disturbed. Maximum caution is needed when getting on or off a boat or moving around. Wherever possible avoid standing up in boats and never fish while standing.
Be aware other boats can approach you from any angle and may be unpredictable in their direction. If you have a motorised craft, you should always give way to those drifting or under sail. A buoyancy aid should always be worn when fishing from a boat.
Weather can change suddenly and cause unforeseen dangerous water conditions. Be constantly aware of changing weather conditions and its potential consequences. Strong winds make casting difficult and potentially dangerous. Avoid sunburn and the potential of sun stroke. Protective clothing, dependent on weather, should be worn.