Freshwater Blue-Green Algal Bloom

Recent samples taken at Loch an Duna, Bragar, Isle of Lewis have indicated the presence of blue-green algae. 

Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects.  Contact with the water or algal scum can cause skin problems.  It is a sensible precaution for you, your children and your animals to avoid contact with the scum and the water close to it. Dog owners are advised not to let their dogs into the water.  

For further information, contact the Environmental Health Team of Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar on 01851 822 694 (please leave a voicemail)

As a precautionary measure, notices will be posted next to the loch warning that contact with the algal scum should be avoided.  Adjoining landowners and fishing interests have been advised of the situation as have NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Consumer & Environmental Services Section