Health warning for algae found at Downham Market nature reserve

Health warning for algae found at Downham Market nature reserve

Walkers are being urged to keep away from flood waters at a well-liked Downham magnificence spot due to fears over the presence of poisonous algae.

The Willows nature reserve, which flooded final week, has been hit by the issue which might reason behind vary of well being points in each animals and people.

Final December, the borough council issued a warning over Twitter in regards to the algae, advising that each people and animals keep away from going close to the water on the nature reserve.

The Willows Nature Reserve has toxic algae (44519960)
The Willows Nature Reserve has poisonous algae (44519960)

A council spokesman stated: “We’ve adopted the recommendation and the council is placing up warning indicators and monitoring and the situation has improved since December though the algae continues to be there.”

Some residents are involved in regards to the impact of the algae on the wildlife that lives on the Willows such because the moorhens and the geese.

The Willows Nature Reserve has toxic algae (44519957)
The Willows Nature Reserve has poisonous algae (44519957)

A DEFRA spokesperson has stated: “Wildlife often stays away when this kind of algae is current, though it’s uncommon to see this within the winter, it’s much more widespread in the summertime.”

Native wildlife has been seen swimming within the water all 12 months spherical, with some geese and moorhens crusing alongside the inexperienced floor of the pond seemingly unaffected.

Canine walkers have been suggested to maintain their pets on leads within the space.

The algae is at the moment protecting round 50 per cent of the floor of the pond as a substitute of all of it, as was seen final 12 months.

Blue-green algae is doubtlessly poisonous to each people and animals.

The algal bloomcan trigger ailing well being by pores and skin, eye contact or whether it is swallowed.

Circumstances reminiscent of blistering, dermatitis, eye irritation, belly ache and nausea can all be a results of coming into contact with the water.

Blue-green algae is a pure a part of a freshwater ecosystem however its presence is doubtlessly dangerous to people, animals, birds and fish.

Heat climate adopted by heavy rain after which additional heat, nonetheless circumstances trigger blue-green algae to look all of a sudden and there’s no method of eradicating the algae from the water as soon as it’s established.

Not all species of blue-green algae are dangerous however the borough council recommends that individuals keep away from it.

NHS recommendation suggests the deaths of each canines and livestock have been linked to blue inexperienced algae once they seem to have solely entered the water and the shores of lochs which had been affected with algal scum.

They added: “Individuals who discover blue inexperienced algae in water ought to keep away from all contact and guarantee particularly that kids and pets are saved away.”

Medical consideration needs to be sought by anybody who’s affected by blue-green algae.

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