PARENTS and dog owners in North Ayrshire are being warned to look out for a toxic plant being washed up on our shores.
The council reports that hemlock water dropwort, also known as poisonous parsnip, has been swept up on beaches in Saltcoats and Stevenston.
And there are fears that it may also be found on other beaches in the area.
Hemlock water dropwort is poisonous to both humans and animals.
The plant is usually found in shallow waters and is most toxic in late winter and early spring.
Cabinet Member for Place, Councillor Jim Montgomerie, said: “We are asking parents and dog owners to be extra vigilant when on our beaches.
“If you are suspicious of a plant, do not touch it or allow children or pets to come into contact with it.
“And ensure your pet isn’t eating anything it shouldn’t.
“Should any members of the public be concerned about any hazardous vegetation being washed up, we ask that they contact us on 01294 310000 with details on the item and its location.”
Any sightings will be investigated by the council’s Streetscene Team to identify the plant species and take the appropriate action.