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Important message for swimmers!

Note: Apart from life-guarded areas of swimming ponds, swimming in Hampstead Heath ponds is very dangerous and not permitted.

Fire risk

Note: Because of fire and scorch threat, barbecues are never permitted on Hampstead Heath. Camden Council allows barbecues in its parks and open spaces; view Camden Council's barbecue information and guidelines.

Koi herpesvirus outbreak

Fishing has now been reinstated on all of the ponds. Aquatic disinfectant net dips have been installed at all five fishing ponds and anglers must dip nets and equipment for five minutes before and after fishing. Failure to comply with dipping may result in permit suspension. 

The Environment Agency and the Fish Health Inspectorate are being consulted on this issue. There is no risk to humans or dogs.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks are especially active this summer and are a health hazard to people and pets.

See our advice on ticks for information on avoiding and treating ticks and Lyme Disease.

Oak Processionary Moth

Oak Processionary Moth is a notifiable pest which the City of London are working closely with the Forestry Commission to control. The species' caterpillars shed allergenic hairs which can cause a serious rash in both humans and animals on contact. The caterpillars cause minimal damage to the trees themselves unless the caterpillar numbers are very high. The pesticide is a naturally occurring bacterial extract that targets only caterpillars feeding at the time of application and poses no risk to people, animals and other wildlife.

For further information on OPM visit our dedicate page on Oak Processionary Moth. If you have any questions or concerns please call 0207 332 3322.

It is important for the public, and their pets, not to touch or approach any nests or caterpillars and, if found, to alert Heath staff on 020 7332 3322, and to then alert the Forestry Commission.