News: Warning as toxic algae spotted at another popular walking spot

News: Warning as toxic algae spotted at another popular walking spot

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

A warning has been issued after toxic algae has been reported in another popular walking location in Lincolnshire.

This latest report by the Environment Agency is the fourth report in a matter of weeks in the Lincolnshire area.

Blue-Green Algae is found in water and can claim a dog’s life in just 15 minutes, according to the Blue Cross animal welfare charity.

East Lindsey District Council issued a warning today, Monday, July 15 that the toxic substance had been found at the boating lake in Mablethorpe.

They have urged residents to avoid contact with water and keep animals out of it too.

There has been a report at the boating lake in Mablethorpe
(Image: East Lindsey District Council)

The substance has also been found at the boating lake in Skegness last month which is a popular spot for walking dogs.

The Environment Agency also said that blooms had been found in New Holland and Saltfleet, but specific locations were not available as it is on private property.

This is a common occurrence in non-flowing fresh water during the summer months.

 

A warning from East Lindsey District Council on Twitter said: “The EnvAgency have informed us that a Blue-green algae bloom is present in the Boating Lake at Mablethorpe.

“This is a common occurrence found in non-flowing fresh water. Please avoid contact with the water and keep animals out of the water and stop them drinking any.”

Blue-green algae
(Image: Surrey Advertiser)

What does blue-green algae look like?

According to information on the Lake District National Park website in fresh waters the algae is suspended within the water or attached to rocks and other surfaces. You usually can see them when they’re concentrated into clumps. These clumps can look like green flakes, greenish bundles or brownish dots.

Blooms can also cause foaming on the shoreline – sometimes confused with sewage pollution.

How can algae affect people and animals?

Toxin producing blooms are called Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). These toxins can kill wild animals, farm livestock and domestic pets. Farmers and pet owners should keep their animals away from affected waters.

A number of places in Lincolnshire have been found to have blue-green algae
(Image: Surrey Advertiser)

In humans, they can cause rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed. Illnesses including skin rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle and joint pain have occurred in people who’ve swallowed or swam through algal scum.

 

These haven’t led to long-term effects or death but, in some cases, the illnesses can be severe.

If you spot blue-green algae call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.




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