Visitors warned to stay away from Highbridge Lake due to algae

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:51 31 August 2017

Visitors are being warned to stay away from the lake.

Visitors are being warned to stay away from the lake.


Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets away from water in a Highbridge park due to a potentially toxic algae.

The blue-green algae bloom has formed in a lake at Apex Park in Marine Drive.

Although Sedgemoor District Council is still awaiting results of tests carried out on the algae, some forms can produce toxins which are deadly to pets, wild animals and livestock.

The blooms, which form during calm weather, can also harm humans by causing a rash if touched and illnesses if swallowed.

A council spokesman said: “As a precaution, warning signs will be in place which give advice.

“The main thing is not to let dogs swim, paddle or drink the water.”

As well as avoiding contact with the water, visitors are being advised not to eat any fish from the lake.

The algae also stops sunlight reaching other plants in the water.

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