VISITORS AND LOCALS URGED TO RESIST TEMPTATION OF SUMMER BBQs AFTER INCREASE IN WILDFIRES

The Woodland Trust is urging visitors to its woods to bin the barbecues this summer and avoid the catastrophic impact of fires on wildlife and nature.

Throughout the UK and here on the Island people are being told to resist the temptation of beach fires and forest barbecues after millions of pounds worth of damage to woodlands in the last 5 years.

Popular Island spots for such activities include beaches at Fishbourne, Woodside, Compton, St Helens and Bembridge amongst many more.

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Many summer wildfires are started accidentally by lighting fires or disposable barbecues. But one stray spark or an abandoned pile of dying embers can have horrendous consequences for the countryside, decimating wildlife and causing long-lasting damage.

The UK is one of Europe’s least-wooded countries and trees and woodlands are essential in the fight against climate change and boosting biodiversity. Any loss or damage is detrimental for the planet.

Trust head of health and safety Nick Hall said it was imperative those sites are fire-free.

“Fires have huge implications – both in terms of the financial burden and the effect on our woods and wildlife, which can be catastrophic,” he said.
Hall has witnessed the damage done by more than 30 fires across their sites since 2018 – the worst of which caused well in excess of £1m worth of damage.

“One spark really can spell disaster: you’re gambling with the lives of people and animals by taking one on your summer outings.”
With the summer holidays beginning and the potential for prolonged periods of dry spells, the risk of wildfires significantly increases and they can easily get out of control.

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Visitors can play their part in protecting woodland by following some simple advice, including staying fire-free, staying on paths, taking dog mess and litter home and protecting wildlife by keeping dogs close.

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Cambridge don
Cambridge don
1 month ago

So why is it that when i communicated my concerns to the council last year about frequent drunken and litter strewn campfire gatherings in the woods between Ryde and Fishbourne,suggesting a certain amount of police monitoring would be appropriate due to the area being rich in red-squirrel and other fauna and yet nothing has been done.Nocontact from the police as was mooted yet the broken glass,booze-detritus and bonfires continues to pile up with no end in site.I see no problem with beach barbecues per se but in the middle of our dwindling woodlands ffs is an illustration of the inherent indifference that characterises our council of grifters

citizen smiff
citizen smiff
1 month ago

Just stop selling them on the island, that would be a good start.

*MrJones*
*MrJones*
Reply to  citizen smiff
1 month ago

Or licence them. It’s about responsiblity and accountability.

Country-lore
Country-lore
1 month ago

Often fires are deliberate as we see the numbers rise once the feral charity kept type are on their school summer recess.

Abroad BBQ’s often have purpose built areas made of concrete on which to place such portable units.

Here, the dim place them on wooden tables and benches as can be seen from the burn marks.

Penny wise, pound foolish council, mixed with wanted for the benefit feral kids, and the fire brigade will be busy me thinks this Summer hols

 

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