In response to the devastating fires in the National Park this spring our friends at the Peak District National Park Foundation have launched a Fire Fund.
The sunniest May on record provided the perfect conditions for fires to quickly get out of control. A smouldering disposable barbeque, ashes blown from a camp fire, a dropped cigarette butt and even a broken glass can lead to catastrophic damage to our precious and protected landscapes.
The damage to the environment, wildlife, habitats, cultural heritage and vegetation takes years to recover and hundreds of thousands of pounds to repair.
Fires are devastating to Peak District landscapes and we’ve seen a number in recent weeks. It’s heart-breaking to see swathes of our internationally important landscapes being damaged. The smallest spark can lead to huge amounts of damage.
These fires are catastrophic for wildlife, flora and, importantly, the peat or woodland itself which provides unique habitat and vital carbon and water store. Ground nesting birds, many of which are already suffering a decline in numbers, will be unable to move eggs and young to avoid the flames.
You can also help by...
- Never lighting fires or barbecues in the Peak District National Park.
- Never dropping cigarette butts.
- Reporting sightings of smoke at the earliest possible moment, and most importantly, identify as accurately as possible where the fire is. Report to fire brigade by calling 999.
- Volunteering for Operation Fire Watch.
- Read our FAQs on wildfires.