Highly toxic plant that looks and smells like parsnip found near Cobh

The picture was taken by a member of the brilliant Cleancoast Cobh team who now want to send a message out warning people of the dangers.

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A highly toxic plant that looks like and smells like parsnip, has been spotted by a Cork strand prompting a warning for vigilance. 

The hemlock water-dropwort has been described as extremely dangerous by a local environmental group who say it can be fatal to both people and animals if eaten.  

The picture was taken by a member of the brilliant Cleancoast Cobh team and they now want to get the message out to people in a bid to avoid disasters.

The ones in the pic above were found by Marlogue Strand and snapped by a volunteer - with the group saying they've appeared across England and Wales following some storms.

They said: Warning! This highly toxic plant looks and smells like parsnip was photographed today at Marlogue Strand by one of our volunteers.

This plant, hemlock water-dropwort, is extremely dangerous and can be fatal to both people and animals if consumed.

Coastguards in England and Wales have spotted it after recent storms and not it appears to have reached our shores also.

Please be mindful of dogs and small children when you're enjoying our beautiful beaches. 

If consumed, the plant can attack the nervous system and it's largely believed to be the one of the most poisonous plant in the UK.

They have leaves with stems that look like parsley, while the roots look like parsnips and have been responsible for many animal deaths.

In one case documented in a medical journal, eight young adults collected some by Argyll in Scotland and made a curry.

Ten hours later one of those had a seizure and was rushed to hospital while others became extremely sidk.

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