Friday, 23 March 2018
Harmful algae in Falmer pond
Tests have shown that Falmer pond, is contaminated with blue-green algae which can be very harmful to the public and animals.
Brighton & Hove City Council has erected warning signs and is working closely with the Environment Agency to resolve the situation, while contacting the public.
Although algae occur naturally in inland waters, one of the main reasons for algae developing in the pond is visitors feeding the birds and fish. This maintains high levels of nutrients in the pond which can result in algae blooms.
The blooms produce toxins that can kill wild animals, livestock and pets. They can also harm people, producing rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed.
The algae also uses up oxygen in the water at night which can suffocate fish and other creatures.
Although the pond is situated in Lewes, the land is owned by the city council which is responsible for its upkeep.