Pollok Country Park : Blue-Green Algae (Sat 23 July 2022)

  23 July 2022

Following reports on Saturday morning (23rd July 2022) of blue-green algae at Pollok Country Park, SEPA issued the following statement:

A spokesperson for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:

“Blue-green algae can be common at this time of year and develops during the warmer months. Blooms can sometimes be attributed to excessive nutrient enrichment and can also occur as an entirely natural phenomenon in ponds and lochs with little impact from human activities.

“People should follow advice by the council: keep out of the water, keep children and pets away from the water and avoid any scum that can form at the water’s edge.

“More generally, people can report suspected blue-green algae to SEPA’s 24-hour pollution hotline, or report online at www.sepa.org.uk/report.  Blue-green algae can also be reported via the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology ‘Bloomin Algae’ App. This provides a rapid and comprehensive picture of harmful algal blooms in their area and can help provide early warning to the public.”