Bloomin’ Algae is a citizen science app that encourages the public and water-related businesses to report the presence of harmful blooms of blue-green algae in freshwaters.

Bloomin Algae 

Helping reduce risks to public and animal health

Background  

Bloomin’ Algae is a citizen science app that encourages the public and water-related businesses to report the presence of harmful blooms of blue-green algae in freshwaters. The app helps speed up public health warnings and teach you how to recognise the risks to you and your pets.

Why is it relevant? 

Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria (also known as cyanobacteria) that occur naturally in freshwaters and can produce potent toxins, which can be very harmful to people and animals. They cause skin rashes on swimmers and are responsible for the deaths of dogs, cattle, fish and birds. They are particularly a health risk during warm summer months, when their numbers can increase to form dense blooms and scum on the surface of the water. With climate change we are seeing more and more severe blooms in our freshwaters.

How can I help?

  • Download the app on Google Play or the App Store
  • Submit a record with a photo of any suspicious looking algal bloom and location details
  • An expert will review your photo(s) and provide rapid feedback to you.
  • Your record rapidly notifies the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and local authorities, so they can provide early warning on health risks to others in your area.
  • Your records also help improve the scientific understanding of how the frequency and size of blooms are being impacted by climate change.

Contacts and other important information 

See the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology for more information on the app and how to get involved.

Download the app on Google Play or the App Store

Email: bloomin-algae@ceh.ac.uk


This page was added on 24 Jan 2022

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