- Take responsibility for your own actions and act in a safe manner
- Respect other people’s privacy and space
- Help land owners, farmers and their like to work safely and effectively
- Care for the environment; do not leave your litter in the countryside, dispose of it sensibly upon returning from your
- Don’t disturb the wildlife
- Keep your dog under control
- Leave your contact details with someone before setting out – when you are departing, where you will be and when to expect you back. This is particularly important if you are spending time in remote areas.
- Goodwill and commonsense will ensure that leisure activities will thrive to everyone’s benefit.
- Tourist’s especially unprepared ones!! Apply repellentbefore the time; it’s already too late when you start to itch.
- cool, shady, calm conditions and are most active early morning and evenings
- wet summers help their breeding cycle, with a resulting increase in numbers.
- sitting ducks – as far as possible, try to avoid sitting out early morning and late evening. Realising this is just the time
when you do want to sit out, and most times you will not be bothered by them, but once they find you, you will need to move to get rid of them.
- sun – midges tend to avoid direct strong sunlight, so sit in the sun not shade whenever conditions allow.
- wind – try to find a seat or occupy a place in a breeze, and it is surprising how little breeze is required to keep them away
- walking – midges cannot keep up with you at normal walking pace, so you will be able to take long midge free walks or participate in any active pastime at any time of day.
- white or light clothing, avoid dark clothing at high activity times, although this alone will not deter them
- inside – escape by sitting indoors with the doors and windows open with lights turned off. Like every other insect they are
attracted to lights.
- wear anti midge hats which have mesh rather like bee-keepers nets but with smaller holes to keep out midges.
- machines available now which attract and kill the midges.
- some makes of repellent – Skin so Soft from Avon is not actually a repellent but seems to be very effective in keeping them away. Jungle Formula is another favourite. In any event please test them to see what works best for you.
|Good walking shoes and/or
Walking socks – the more the better, have a clean pair for each walking day.
Good quality rain jacket (Gortex or similar)
Warm woollen or fleece hat
Swimwear (for those warm summer loughs and ocean)
Walking poles (optional but recommended)
Small thermos flask
|Fleece or wool sweater
plus at least, 1 spare sweater.
Warm walking trousers preferably with one spare pair (no jeans)
Long sleeve walking shirt plus a spare
Insect repellent – Avon’s Skin so Soft good midge repellent
Small day sack for hiking with casual clothes for evening /pubs
First aid kit – see below for details.
- and it can change quickly! If the weather does change for the worse, consider revising your plans. Detailed forecasts can be found at Met Eireann (www.met.ie) and RTE Weather (www.rte.ie/weather).
emergency and all participants need to be located.
- Clothing – warm, wind and waterproof clothing is essential for most parts of your body depending on the time of year. As a general rule jeans are not appropriate for outdoor activities. If taking part in a physical activity make sure you can move in your clothes. If taking part in water sports check that wet suits are provided, if not it is recommended to bring your own. Nobody enjoys themselves when they are cold!
Equipment – make sure you have the correct equipment for the activity selected or ensure that it will be supplied to you by the activity provider. Don’t forget your camera, binoculars, umbrella, insect repellent, etc.
- If outdoors, carry equipment for use in an emergency such as a torch, whistle, First Aid Kit and emergency shelter. The emergency signal is six blasts on a whistle or six flashes with a torch.
- Footwear – your footwear should provide good ankle support and have a firm sole with a secure grip. To ensure you enjoy your activity, please bring appropriate foot wear. If you are unsure please ask us.
- Food and Drink – take ample food and drink for you and/or your group. Activity causes dehydration and requires energy. Simple high energy foods are best, as are hot drinks in cold wet weather.
- Two triangular bandages – can be used for slings, dressings, bandages.
- Two wound dressings (medium and large) – to stop bleeding.
- Crepe bandages – for holding on dressings (bleeding), support and/or immobilization of fractures, strains and sprains.
- A roll of general purpose medical tape. A roll of electrical or masking (it is easier to tear) tape wouldn’t go amiss.
- A selection of sticky plasters – a long strip which can be cut to suit is good (NB some people are allergic to some makes).
- Pain Killers: – if you are at all unsure about administering pain killers – DON’T.
- Sharp scissors – useful for trimming bandages and cutting away clothing.
- A supply of various sized safety pins.
- A few pairs of rubber or plastic gloves – must be used every time you deal with loss of body fluids.
- remain calm;
- keep yourself and the casualty as warm and dry as possible;
- treat any injuries as best you can;
- calculate your exact position on the map (or GPS);
- if possible, leave somebody to care for the casualty whilst others safely get help;
- on reaching a telephone and/or getting mobile signal, dial 999 and ask for the police;
- report the map grid reference where you left the casualty and details of their condition.