Peak District fire ravages moorland – and highlights need for World Wildlife Day

3 March 2022

A moorland fire burned through ‘protected areas’ in the Peak District four days before World Wildlife Day – and highlighted the importance of habitat conservation.

Last Tuesday at 6pm, six fire units were called in Derbyshire to tackle a moorland fire in the Peak District where 2.5 acres of moorland habitat was ablaze. It took four hours to extinguish the flames.

Darren Perrott, of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “With the Easter weekend ahead of us and the weather turning warmer, the ground is already dry enough for a discarded cigarette, glass bottle or unauthorised barbeque to cause a fire that can quickly spread.”

The 68th UN World Wildlife Day launches today and is a devoted to protecting wildlife across the globe with this year’s theme being ‘Recovering Species for Ecosystem Restoration.’

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust is conducting a variety of events in line with conservation of wildlife across their jurisdiction.

James Hargreaves, of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust said the issue was focused on every day by the trust.

The trust is holding a virtual evening based the protection of hedgehogs in across Sheffield and their importance to ecosystems, tickets are £5 and have guest speaker Hugh Warwick, an ecologist and hedgehog expert who has written three books.

As well this, they are hosting a volunteer workday at the Valley Woodland Nature Reserve all day where people can help and educate on conservation.

The Peak District is an important nature reserve in England, it is home to 161 of the UK’s Biodiversity Action Plan species and so the conservation of the area is vital for the sustainable growth and incline of endangered species.

A few of the most endangered species living in this area would be the curlew, mountain hare, hen harrier and ring ousel and lapwing.

The Curlew, one of the endangered birds on the ‘Red List’ with a national stronghold in the Peak District.

Globally, a total of over 10,000 tree species and plants are threatened with extinction and another 8,000 species of mammal, reptile, bird, or fish face the same face with the main cause of this is their habitat loss.

Antonio Guterres, Prime Minister of Portugal, spoke to the UN about World Wildlife Day.

He said: “Let us remind ourselves of our duty to preserve and sustainably use the vast variety of life on the planet. Let us push for a more caring, thoughtful and sustainable relationship with nature.”.

The official livestream for WWD takes place online.

Find the official Livestream here.

Written by Benedict Hobbs

20 Years old Trainee Journalist at University of Sheffield. Originally from Bournemouth, completed my A-levels at Twynham Academy (2019) and achieved a distinction Foundation Diploma in Media and Film at Arts University Bournemouth (2020).

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Written by Benedict Hobbs

20 Years old Trainee Journalist at University of Sheffield. Originally from Bournemouth, completed my A-levels at Twynham Academy (2019) and achieved a distinction Foundation Diploma in Media and Film at Arts University Bournemouth (2020).
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