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Tick Surveillance

UK tick distribution

Since 2005 the Health Protection Agency has been running the national Tick Recording Scheme. Through engagement with a variety of public and veterinary health agencies and practitioners (e.g. clinicians and veterinarians), wildlife groups (deer society, zoos, animal refuge centres, academics) and amateur entomologists, the enhanced tick surveillance programme has received over 1400 records, comprising over 6000 individual ticks.


Tick species submitted

To date we have identified 15 species through the recording scheme: Amblyomma sp, Carios vespertilionis, Dermacentor reticulatus, Haemaphysalis punctata, Hyalomma marginatum, Ixodes ricinus, I. acuminatus, I. arboricola, I. canisuga, I. frontalis, I. hexagonus, I. lividus, I. trianguliceps, I. ventalloi, and Rhipicephalus sanguineus (imported).

The number of tick species received at the HPA through the recording scheme is given in the table below. By clicking on the species names that have been highlighted, you can view an up to date distribution map

Numbers of tick species identified in the United Kingdom
Species Total 
Amblyomma sp 1
Carios vespertilionis  (Blyborough Tick) previously Argas vespertilionis 22
Dermacentor reticulatus (Ornate Cow Tick) 49
Haemaphysalis punctata (Coastal Red Tick) 5
Hyalomma marginatum 1
Ixodes acuminatus (Southern Rodent Tick) 1
Ixodes arboricola (Tree-hole Tick) 37
Ixodes canisuga (Fox Tick) 34
Ixodes frontalis (Passerine Tick) 130
Ixodes hexagonus (Hedgehog Tick) 1583
Ixodes lividus (Sand Martin Tick) 11
Ixodes ricinus (Sheep Tick) 4191
Ixodes trianguliceps (Shrew Tick) 42
Ixodes ventalloi (Rabbit Tick) 3
Rhipicephalus sanguineus (brown dog tick) 8