Swimming forbidden in Hatchmere Lake

Updated: Sep 16

Cheshire Live reports: Cheshire Wildlife Trust has issued a public warning that risks are now posed to human health and they have also recorded a significant drop in levels of wildlife around the lake.


The mere is a popular bathing spot, but the algal blooms during summer 2019 led to the tragic death of a dog which swam in the water. As a part of the efforts to help nature to recover at Hatch Mere and to keep people safe, a decision has… been made to no longer allow access to the lake for swimmers and bathers.

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Similar problems with algae occur across Europe. However the problem can be successfully managed as for example at the Henleaze Swimming Lake in Bristol. See; Hung Out to dry Swimming and British Culture page 145-8 and at Cotswold Water Park, see page 148-9 for details.


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