Many people take pleasure from activities in forests and wild lands in the United Kingdom and others are being encouraged to participate. Unfortunately, there are risks and one of the most insidious is the possibility (albeit tiny) of acquiring a disease from wild animals. For example, ticks can be vectors of the bacterial infection leading to Lyme Disease. Both diagnosis and treatment can be problematic so prevention of acquiring such disease is highly desirable.

Surprisingly little is known about how best to warn countryside users about the potential for disease without scaring them away or spoiling their enjoyment. Answering such questions is the goal of this project, and requires the integration of diverse scientific skills, and an understanding of the views of those who manage countryside, those who have contracted zoonotic diseases and those who access the land.

This project will help those involved in the countryside to better understand how to deal with diseases such as Lyme Disease, how to effectively communicate the degree of risk, and how to encourage preventative action such that the countryside continues to be a source of pleasure and well-being for its users.



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'Participatory interdisciplinarity': Towards the integration of disciplinary diversity with stakeholder engagement for new models of knowledge production

Author: L. O'Brien Date: 07 January 2013 Journal article

O’Brien, L., Marcu, Situating risk in the context of a woodland visit: A Case Study on Lyme Borreliosis

Author: Liz O'Brien Date: 30 November 2012 Journal article

Whose Lyme is it anyway? Subject positions and the construction of responsibility for managing the health risks from Lyme disease

Author: David Uzzell Date: 08 May 2012 Journal article

Modelling the effects of recent changes in climate, host density and acaricide treatments on population dynamics of Ixodes ricinus in the UK

Author: A.D.M. Dobson Date: 01 January 2012 Journal article

A modified matrix population model to describe the seasonal dynamics of the sheep tick Ixodes ricinus in the UK

Author: A.D.M. Dobson Date: 01 January 2012 Journal article

Frameworks for risk communication and disease management : the case of lyme disease and countryside users

Author: C.P. Quine Date: 01 July 2011 Journal article

Tick (Ixodes ricinus) abundance and seasonality at recreational sites in the UK : hazards in relation to fine-scale habitat types revealed by complementary

Author: A.D.M. Dobson Date: 01 June 2011 Journal article

Making sense of unfamiliar risks in the countryside : the case of lyme disease

Author: A. Marcu Date: 01 May 2011 Journal article

Public engagement through accompanied visits within Alice Holt

Organiser: L. O'Brien Date: 14 March 2011 Organised event

Workshop on risk and uncertainty in the context of animal and zoonotic disease management

Organiser: Chris Quine Date: 14 March 2011 Organised event

Assessing and communicating animal disease risks for countryside users

Author: Chris P. Quine Date: 14 March 2011 Web page

Assessing and communicating animal disease risks for countryside users

Speaker: Chris P. Quine Date: 11 March 2011 Seminar/workshop

Assessing and communicating animal disease risks for countryside users

Speaker: Chris P. Quine Date: 11 March 2011 Seminar/workshop

Public health surveillance and climate change : results from the EDEN-TBD project : delving into complexity

Speaker: S.E. Randolph Date: 11 March 2011 Seminar/workshop

Animal disease risk in the countryside : providing appropriate information, avoiding alarm

Speaker: Darren Moseley Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Managing risks in a restorative environment

Speaker: D. Uzzell Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Precautionary advice and risk images : perceptions of Lyme disease

Speaker: Julie Barnett Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Perceptions of risk from animals in text vs. images : a multiple sorting procedure approach

Speaker: A. Marcu Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Risk perceptions of zoonoses in text vs. images : the impact of the social representations of animals

Speaker: A. Marcu Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Denial of risk in a restorative environment : the case of Lyme disease

Speaker: A. Marcu Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Information sufficiency and the timing of precautions : the case of lyme disease

Speaker: A. Marcu Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Distancing from risk in a restorative environment : countryside visitors’ views on lyme disease

Speaker: A. Marcu Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Lyme disease patients’ information needs and their preferences for precautionary measures

Author: A. Marcu Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Sustainable development and urban health : an environmental psychology perspective

Speaker: D. Uzzell Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Emergent zoonoses : driven by changing human activities?

Author: Sarah E. Randolph Date: 11 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

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Start date
31 August 2007
End date
30 November 2010
Grant holder
Dr Chris Quine
Co-applicants
Dr Elizabeth O'Brien
Professor Sarah Randolph
Professor Julie Barnett
Professor David Uzzell
Grant amount
£611,037.06
Grant reference
RES-229-25-0007
Discipline
Environmental Planning
Grant type