We are lucky having our own grounds extending to 25 acres (10 hectare for youngsters) much of which is in use for dinghy and cruiser parking, carparks and other activities. There are however areas which are a little 'wilder' where nature intrudes into our day-to-day lives. There are many native birds and animals on-site - along with a full range of native and naturalised plants, some of which can be hazardous to the unwary.
Three plants to be aware of are:
Hogweed. This plant contains sap which can cause serious rash and inflamation in many people - do not crush, pick or play with this plant.
Foxglove. This plant contains compounds that can cause heart failure - do not eat!
Ragwort. This plant is the host for the caterpiller of the Cinnabar moth, who's hairy body can cause painful rash - do not touch!
Nature has many other plants which can cause discomfort or illness - the three above are known to be on-site, so please take care.