warning to beach users along Burnham-On-Sea coastline
users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have been warned to
watch out for jellyfish along tide lines.
Moon Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been washed
up on Burnham beach in recent days.
warm summer weather has led to an increase in the numbers of the
creatures around the UK's coastline.
wardens in our area are recommending paddlers keep an eye out
for the creatures as a precaution.
spokesman for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"While some jellyfish are harmless or have a very mild sting,
others have a more painful sting. We recommend that, for your
own safety, you do not touch them."
Peter Richardson, the MCS Biodiversity Programme Manager and jellyfish
expert, said: "We cant reliably report numbers of jellyfish
that have washed ashore around the UK, but they are likely to
be in the tens of thousands at the very least."
the first week of July we had received 650 reports of jellyfish
from around the UK, involving thousands of jellyfish, with over
500 reports involving barrel jellyfish (approximately 80%)."
August and September are our peak reporting months, so we expect
many more reports of barrels and other species in the next few
Top, a Moon Jellyfish washed up on Burnham beach and, above, paddlers
on Burnham beach