Palm Oil on beaches

Please note that there have been reports of palm oil on the south faces of beaches on the Isles of Scilly including Porth Hellick on St Mary’s and Covean and Bar on St Agnes.

The substance is deemed non-toxic, however, there have been reports of dogs becoming seriously ill after ingesting it. We recommend keeping children and pets away from deposits. If you come into contact with palm oil, wash it off with soap and water.

Palm oil is white and waxy in appearance and can be found in a variety of forms on the beach, from pebble sized lumps to small pea sized pieces that can dominate the strandline.

If you believe your dog has ingested the substance and are concerned about its health, consult a vet as soon as possible.

Please report any sightings of palm oil to the Council’s Infrastructure team who will get in contact with the land owners directly.

01720 424403 or

Publishing date: 
Wednesday, 26 June, 2019