The death of a great lake: Will the UK’s Windermere be a national treasure for much longer?

Lake Windermere is one of the crowning glories of the Lake District, the UK’s largest national park and the most visited, drawing more than 16 million visitors a year.

This majestic area of northern England has been protected for more than 70 years and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017.

But the fjord-like body of water is in deep trouble, says local campaigner Matt Staniek. Lake Windermere is heading towards “ecological collapse” because of a deluge of blue-green algae.

In recent years, Windermere’s once-clear waters have become a breeding ground for blooms of the cyanobacteria. They are in full display this summer, as photos show and river users have described.

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