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Bear Grylls’ survival information to the English countryside from wasp assaults to landslides

Bear Grylls’ survival guide to the English countryside from wasp attacks to landslides


MILLIONS of us are planning staycations proper right here within the UK this 12 months – however we may very well be risking greater than a household fall-out or dodgy tan traces.

This week we informed how courageous ten-year-old Raviraj Saini saved himself from drowning off the coast at Scarborough by following ideas he discovered on TV.

Check out Bear Grylls’ survival information to the English countryside from wasp assaults to landslides

And telly hardman Ross Kemp was left with a swollen trout pout after being stung within the face by wasps after he disturbed a nest.

Survivalist and TV star Bear Grylls is now urging urban-dwelling Brits to brace themselves for the surprising risks of the countryside.

He stated: “Failing to plan is planning to fail, so spend time deciding on your location, planning your route and gathering all of your assets.”

From by chance consuming a toxic plant to going through a herd of stampeding cows, right here Bear tells Katy Docherty how you can survive the vacation hazards within the perilous wilds of Britain.

  •   How To Keep Alive, by Bear Grylls, is printed by Corgi, priced £8.99. See beargrylls.com/pages/books-life-lessons.

Wasp assault

Wasps are a specific nuisance at the moment of 12 months but it surely’s a easy activity to cope with them.

You’ve plenty of choices however for those who get it mistaken, the results might be nasty. Talking as somebody who was badly stung on location whereas filming Man Vs Wild a number of years in the past, I understand how severe an assault might be.

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In case you are allergic to wasp and bee stings search medical consideration[/caption]

Ross Kemp was left with swollen lips after being stung within the face by wasps

WHAT TO DO

If you happen to encounter a nest and the bees or wasps begin to swarm, my first piece of recommendation is: Run.

My second piece of recommendation is: Preserve operating. Run till you might be out of the instant space.

Whereas operating, maintain your breath so that you don’t breathe any of them in.

Attempt to cowl your head and face together with your fingers, or ideally, a towel. In case you are stung, attempt to take away the sting whether it is seen, wash the world, use ice to chill it and think about an ­antihistamine.

In case you are allergic to wasp and bee stings like I’m, search medical consideration instantly.

You might be finest off avoiding the nest if in any respect ­doable. Change your route, give it a large berth and transfer away.

Minimize by barbed wire or sharp object

If you happen to play outside, climb, hike, experience or ramble, in some unspecified time in the future you’ll decide up bumps, grazes and cuts.

Within the outside, and notably within the UK when strolling and climbing, you’ll little question in some unspecified time in the future veer off the trail and must climb a barbed wire fence. Keep away from this in any respect prices if doable however if in case you have no different possibility, strive the guidelines under.

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All the time clear the wound if ­doable and bandage it[/caption]

WHAT TO DO

If the worst has occurred and also you do endure a foul minimize, attain for the primary support bag and deal with a bleeding wound.

It’s essential to at all times ­keep in mind the catchword “PEEPS”. It stands for . . . 

P – Place: Verify the place the harm is and ask your casualty to take a seat down.

E – Expose and look at: See whether it is clear and freed from overseas our bodies.

E – Elevate your limb if that’s the place you might be injured.

P – Stress: Apply it instantly over the harm. Use a bandage, a hanky and even simply your hand.

Clear the wound if ­doable and bandage it.

As quickly as you’ll be able to, search medical consideration for the casualty, as they could want stitches or a tetanus injection.

Misplaced in wilderness with no sign

Getting misplaced can occur so simply, even for skilled or skilled walkers and mountaineers.

The climate closes in, you lose monitor of the trail or the options round you and out of the blue you realise you might be misplaced. You go in your GPS unit and even your cellphone, however guess what – there isn’t any sign.

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Getting misplaced within the wilderness with no sign can occur simply[/caption]

WHAT TO DO

Cease, don’t panic and take time to assume what to do.

Go searching you. Are there large options to recognise, reminiscent of rivers, mountains, lakes or a forest?

If you happen to can, retrace your steps to a spot the place you recognize the place you might be.

Observe a river downstream. They often result in civilisation.

If it’s getting darkish, keep put. Don’t drink from rivers or streams because the water could also be contaminated. In case you are desperately thirsty discover shifting water, filter it by a sock and boil it.

Pee is your final resort – it’s not good and can possible adversely have an effect on your ­general hydration ranges.

Discover overhead cowl – a cave or tree – to guard you from winds. Keep heat and dry, utilizing layers of clothes or stuff clothes with grass as insulation.

Verify meals and water – and plan to be out all evening.

Caught in a riptide

After watching BBC2 documentary Saving Lives At Sea, schoolboy Raviraj Saini, knew what to do when he was torn from his household by a riptide within the sea off the North Yorkshire coast this week.

The ten-year-old adopted the RNLI’s Float To Reside recommendation – to drift calmly till he was rescued – reasonably than thrashing about within the water.

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Getting caught in a riptide might be extremely harmful[/caption]

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Raviraj Saini knew what to do when he was torn from his household by a riptide[/caption]

WHAT TO DO

As Raviraj knew, the RNLI’s steering says that if you’re drowning, combat your intuition to thrash round.

Lean again, prolong your legs and arms and gently transfer them that will help you float. Keep bobbing on the water in your again till your respiration recovers.

Rip currents can circulation quicker than an Olympic swimmer at 4mph and may drag unsuspecting swimmers out to sea. They’re laborious to identify however uneven water may very well be an indication.

If you happen to get pulled away by a rip present, the RNLI advises you don’t attempt to swim towards the tide as you’ll exhaust your self and will drown.

Don’t swim in direction of the shore. First swim parallel to the present earlier than heading for the seashore.

Injured in a climbing accident

Some UK areas are distant and laborious to achieve for rescuers. In order we are saying within the Scouts: “Be ready.”

All the time let somebody know the place you might be heading. Maybe make a route plan and go away it with somebody. Take the right gear, reminiscent of spare garments, meals, water, an up-to-date first support equipment, map and ­compass, and know how you can use all of them.

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Take the right gear to keep away from getting injured[/caption]

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In case you are injured don’t transfer until you need to[/caption]

WHAT TO DO

In case you are injured, don’t panic, keep calm and don’t transfer until you need to.

Deal with the harm, have a look at your assets and apply first support for those who can.

If you happen to don’t have a cellphone sign, you’ll have to wait to be rescued.

When you wait, there are issues you are able to do to draw assist. Make an SOS signal out of clothes on the bottom.

Use a whistle and provides a particular name. Wave each arms within the air to draw consideration.

Name or shout for assist and use a mirror or shiny object to draw consideration.

Jellyfish sting

Sizzling summers and heat water temperatures can appeal to jellyfish to Britain’s coasts – and with them comes the chance of a nasty sting. You might need heard that peeing on a jellyfish sting will assist to appease the ache.

However I’d strive different choices first, as stinking of wee doesn’t make for one of the best mini-break . . . 

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Some jellyfish on British seashores can inflict some super- severe stings[/caption]

WHAT TO DO

I’ve been stung many occasions by jellyfish over time, and principally it’s simply irritating – a bit like a bee or wasp sting.

Even so, do beware – some jellyfish that may be discovered on British seashores, such because the fearsome Portuguese man of conflict, can inflict some super- severe stings on unsuspecting holidaymakers. To deal with a jellyfish sting, rinse the world in water or vinegar.

Then take away any ­apparent tentacles with a pair of tweezers.

Subsequent, soak the location the place you had been stung in scorching water for at the very least 20 minutes.

And at last, apply a light hydrocortisone cream to assist with the ache and ease the swelling.

Consuming a toxic plant

Over time I’ve eaten every kind of untamed meals – from all kinds of crops to nasty trying and tasting bugs and worms.

Nevertheless it’s simple to get it mistaken in a survival state of affairs – and simple to make a mistake at house. If doubtful, by no means be tempted to strive “meals” you would possibly discover within the wild, reminiscent of mushrooms or berries.

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By no means be tempted to strive one thing you would possibly discover within the wild if you’re unsure what it may very well be[/caption]

WHAT TO DO

If you happen to’re not someplace the place you’ll be able to name the emergency providers, attempt to make your self or your affected person vomit by placing your fingers down the again of the throat.

Swallowing a small ­amount of chilly charcoal from a camp hearth may also act as an emetic – or vomit-inducer – and should stop your blood from absorbing sure poisons.

Crush the charcoal and blend it with some recent water. Likewise, white ash combined with recent water can ease abdomen cramps and is usually an antidote to hydrocyanic acid poisoning.

Get any remaining a part of the toxic article out of your mouth or that of a kid.

Take the poison/plant or berries with you to a ­hospital Accident and Emergency division.

Wild animal assault / stampede

Folks get injured by cows yearly within the UK, despite the fact that they’re quiet and timid animals.

We do a whole lot of filming round giant sport and the rules are principally the identical for our home-grown cattle. Any time you current a menace to virtually any animal, prepare for motion in return.

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Cows might be harmful for those who get on the mistaken aspect of them[/caption]

WHAT TO DO

A single cow is prone to be extra petrified of you than you might be of it.

Simply stand your floor, make a whole lot of noise and it’ll possible run away.

If the herd is operating instantly for you, it’s worthwhile to get to the sting of the sector and out of there ASAP.

Attempt to get one thing between you and the cows.

You’re unlikely to have the ability to run quicker than a cow, as they transfer at 20 to 30mph, so if strolling by a subject of cows, be respectful. You might be of their area, so stay calm, quiet and rapidly attempt to move by them.

If you happen to can keep away from the sector, achieve this. But when you need to undergo, don’t get between cows and their calves and keep away from shifting instantly by the herd.

This may solely agitate them.

Lastly, preserve your canine on a lead, shut by you and beneath management.

Flash floods

Even small rivers in non-extreme environments are susceptible to sudden and harmful flooding.

There’s a river in Brecon the place we do the Bear Grylls Survival Academy course, referred to as the Lightning River – and for good cause. One minute it’s completely secure to cross, the subsequent it’s fast-flowing white water.

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Even small rivers might be susceptible to sudden and harmful flooding[/caption]

WHAT TO DO

Wherever doable, you need to keep away from making an attempt to cross flood waters.

They transfer quick and are at all times rather more highly effective than you might need imagined.

Even in knee-deep water you run a excessive danger of being swept away.

Furthermore, flood water typically comprises fast-moving particles – vehicles, boulders, even bushes.

Generally these are hidden under the floor, so that you received’t even see them earlier than they hit you.


If you need to cross a flooded highway, use an extended follow probe the bottom forward of you for hidden deep patches.

Be notably cautious of downed energy traces that might nonetheless be dwell and deadly.

Normally, your precedence should be to go for prime floor.

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