Potentially hazardous levels of algae in lake

Ladyburn Lake. Picture by Lilian Tomlin
Ladyburn Lake. Picture by Lilian Tomlin

Potentially hazardous levels of blue-green algae has been detected in a Northumberland lake and a warning is being issued to the public.

People are advised not to enter Ladyburn Lake, at Druridge Bay Country Park, and to ensure their dogs do not go into the water.

A county council spokeswoman said: “The Environment Agency has carried out testing at Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park and has found blue-green algae present at levels which are potentially hazardous to the health of anyone entering the water or to dogs. We have erected notices around the lake and site to warn people about the potential toxicity of the algae if consumed and to keep dogs out of the water.

“We have also informed groups who use the lake. The levels will be monitored on a weekly basis.”

The Environment Agency says that cyanobacteria or blue-green algae – a type of blooming algae – can produce toxins. These toxins can kill wild animals, livestock and pets. They can also harm people, producing rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed.