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An Upsurge In Wildfires Across The UK Is Damaging Flora And Fauna

As a result of low spring rainfall, there have been dry conditions across the country which has now given rise to wildfires.

As a result of low spring rainfall, there have been dry conditions across the country which has now given rise to wildfires.

Some people are causing harm to the species of wild fauna and flora when they visit the coast and countryside and take a barbecue or light a campfire resulting in an upsurge in wildfires.

Most landscapes have been left completely dry because of the record-breaking spring sunshine, creating the best conditions for fires to ignite and spread rapidly.

Large blazes have broken out on the trust`s land several times since the beginning of the month of April, including the one at Froward Point on the Devon coast that was caused by a barbecue and required six fire engines and a police helicopter to extinguish. It seriously damaged woodland and heathland.

The National Trust is urging the people across the UK to desist from damaging plant and animal species.

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The head of nature conservation at the National Trust, Ben McCarthy, said: “We know that people have missed the outdoors and open spaces these past few months – and we’re really pleased to be welcoming them back.

“But we’re urging people not to bring barbecues to the countryside or the coast. They can lead to real problems, particularly after such little rain in April and May. Many areas of land are still very dry and all it takes is a single spark from a barbecue or a dropped cigarette to cause a serious fire.

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“Fires like these undermine our work to care for nature and respond to the climate emergency, which are priorities for the National Trust.”

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