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Warning after toxic blue-green algae found in Telford pond

By Tom Oakley | Telford | News | Published:

Toxic blue-green algae has been discovered in a pool in Telford – sparking a warning to visitors and dog walkers.

The algae, which can be harmful to dogs, was identified on the top of water at Apley Pool in Apley Woods, Telford.

Although the bacteria is not always harmful, people in the area are being urged to keep their dogs away and avoid putting their hands in the water.

The Friends of Apley Woods, a group which aims to protect and develop Apley Woods, issued a warning on social media.

It read: "We have just been informed by the Environment Agency after testing that there is toxic blue-green algae in Apley Pool.

Algae in the pool. Photo: Friends of Apley Wood.

"Telford & Wrekin Council have been notified and warning signs will be erected as soon as possible.

"Please keep your dogs out of the pool until further notice and take care not to get the water in contact with your skin."

Anglers who use the pool are also being urged to report to the Environment Agency if they see any dead fish on the top of the water.

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Dead fish can be found in ponds or lakes with a high concentration of the toxic bacteria – dogs should not drink from water containing dead animals.

Algae in the pool. Photo: Friends of Apley Wood.

Russell Griffin, spokesman for Telford & Wrekin Council said: "Telford & Wrekin Council is aware of the presence of blue green algae in Apley Pool.

"Blue-green algal blooms occur naturally in some waters, therefore there is no need to be alarmed.

"There have been no reported long-term effects or deaths in humans, but it is a sensible precaution to avoid contact with the scum and the water close to it, and to keep dogs and horses away from it.

"We will be putting signs out at Apley Pool to warn people using the pool of the risks associated with blue green algae."

Tom Oakley

By Tom Oakley
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist

Shropshire Star reporter responsible for the covering Telford and Bridgnorth and the surrounding areas. Got a story? Email tom.oakley@shropshirestar.co.uk or call 01952 241457.

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