IRVINE dog walkers are still being advised to keep their pet away from Irvine Beach Park Pond – after latest sample results confirmed bluegreen algae is still present.

Samples indicated the presence of toxic Cyanobacteria (bluegreen algae), which is potentially harmful to humans and animals, still remain high in the pond.

As a precautionary measure, notices were posted earlier in the year warning that contact with the algae should be avoided.

Toxic algae can cause deaths of livestock and dogs, waterbirds and fish.

A spokesperson for North Ayrshire Dog Warden Service said: “Please be aware that we have just received the latest sample results and this has revealed that high levels of algae still remain in the pond.

“The warning signs will remain in place in the meantime.” The council have said they will continue to carry out inspections.