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Toxic blue green algae found in four locations in Cumbria

Blue green algae on Killington Reservoir Photo: Environment Agency

Toxic blue green algae has been found in four lakes in Cumbria:

  • Windermere
  • Ullswater
  • Coniston
  • Killington Lake

The Environment Agency has reissued a warning about the dangers of the algae, which can pose a health risk to people and animals.

Water affected by blue green algae may appear to be green, blue-green or greenish brown and can produce musty, earthy or grassy odours. Blooms can also cause foaming on the shoreline, which can sometimes be confused with sewage pollution.

Blue green algae Credit: PA