National park set to count the cost of North Yorkshire Moors blazes near Whitby

National park set to count the cost of North Yorkshire Moors blazes near Whitby

5 October 2009

published by www.whitbygazette.co.uk


United Kingdom — THE North York Moors National Park will soon be counting the cost of the moorland fires this weekend.

A spokeswoman for the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) said: “At this stage it is too early to tell what damage has been done to the moorland.

“Heather is a fairly resilient plant that is regularly burnt as part of its management on grouse moorland in the National Park.

“If the intensity of the fire was relatively low, then there is every chance that the moorland will recover by itself.

“If, as was the case with the fire at Fylingdales in 2003, the fire was hot enough to burn the peat below the heather and destroy the plants and their seeds, we will need to look at measures to help the moorland’s restoration.”

The spokeswoman added the NYMNPA will be working with the various estates involved and Natural England over the next few weeks to assess the damage and – if necessary – put any restoration plans in place.


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