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Natural Resources Wales investigate Algae sightings

Algae Bloom at Cwm-yr-Eglwys beach, Pembrokeshire. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is reassuring residents and holiday makers that Welsh beaches are clean and healthy, despite some appearances of a foamy substance in the water and on the beaches.

Officers have received reports from people in Pembrokeshire concerned about what they believe is sewage or slurry found on the beach or in the water.

These have been investigated and found to be caused by tiny, naturally occurring algae that thrive in warm weather conditions.

The algae is often mistaken for sewage or other pollution because of its oily appearance and its slight seaweed like smell.

We have fantastic beaches in Wales and really great water quality with around 80% of bathing waters reaching the highest European standards for cleanliness.

At this time of year we do get some reports, we treat each one seriously and assess every report

Despite its unpleasant appearance, most of the reports we receive turn out to be this common algae. “Warm weather provides the conditions for the algae to occur and it will disperse naturally over time

– Rod Thomas, Senior Environment Officer for Natural Resources Wales

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Campaign to fund urgent mountain repairs close to its target

On a sunny day like today it really gives you the chance to enjoy the great outdoors and admire the picturesque scenery on display here in Wales.

But maintaining some of Wales landscapes doesn't come cheap and The British Mountaineering Council are calling on the public to make a contribution.

The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia are two of eight UK national parks which are to to supported by this campaign.

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£600,000 boost to improve accessibility to Wales' national parks

A funding package of £600,000 has been announced, to improve accessibility in Wales' national parks.

It's hoped the funding will help improve access to Wales' National Parks Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire

The money will also help repair storm damage to the Wales Coast Path.

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant announced £126,000 will go towards improving two sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Path, while a further £104,500 would help repair damage caused to the Wales Coast Path during the winter.

The remaining money (£369,500), will be split between the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire National Park Authorities.

Our world renowned National Parks and Wales Coast Path attract millions of visitors to Wales every year, and help create and support many jobs in the rural economy.

It’s vital that the National Park Authorities and Natural Resources Wales continue to maintain and improve their popular paths. This funding will help ensure that essential work can take place so local communities and visitors to Wales can continue to enjoy everything they have to offer.

– Carl Sargeant, Natural Resources Minister
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