The fire caused around a hectare of damage on the SSSI heathland site that is a haven for ground-nesting birds, the endangered cuckoo and rare plants such as bog asphodel and moonwort. We are still investigating the cause of the fire and the impact to the wildlife on site.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service were able to bring the fire under control quickly, and we were able to make use of the fire kit bought thanks to our Roaches appeal which raised funds after a devastating fire in 2018 at our Roaches Nature Reserve where we lost 37 hectares of moorland and many species of wildlife.
Equipment from the appeal such as an Agrocat all-terrain vehicle and flail allowed us to create a fire break to stop the fire from spreading and causing irreplaceable damage.
Huge thanks to Staffs Fire and Rescue Service who had 6 fire engines on the site, and Staffordshire Police who sent police to control traffic on the road and to those who donated to our Roaches Appeal