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Blue-green algae warning

The public is being advised to keep themselves and their pets away from two ponds in Mansfield, due to the presence of blue-green algae.

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is present at Hermitage Local Nature Reserve and Berry Hill Park ponds.

The algae can produce toxins which can harm, or even kill, animals and cause skin-rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle and joint pain in people.

Dog owners are asked to keep their dogs on leads when they are anywhere near the ponds.

Warning signs have been put up at both sites and Mansfield District Council has been in contact with the Trustees of Berry Hill Park, as the owners of the park.

Martyn Thurman, Head of Neighbourhood Services, said: "Blue-green algae is a natural occurrence in mild and warmer weather. It tends to disperse naturally when the weather gets colder. Until then, we would ask the public to ensure they and their pets avoid contact with the water in the ponds."

For further information about blue-green algae, please visit the Environment Agency website on www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Published 01 August 2012

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