Posted: Sat 16th Apr 2016

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Is Appealing For Help After A Spate Of Fires At A Protected Site Near Flint.

This article is old - Published: Saturday, Apr 16th, 2016

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is appealing for help after a spate of fires at a protected site near Flint. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Several fires at Halkyn Mountain have been tackled during April. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The fires are believed to have been set deliberately on common land between the villages of Pentre Halkyn and Brynford. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Wildlife is an important part of our environment, our heritage and our culture in Wales and anyone caught starting a fire on an SSSI without consent could be fined up to £20,000. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Anthony Randles, Natural Resources Wales, Natural Resource Management Team Leader Wrexham and Flintshire said: “Halkyn Mountain is one of many sites we look after across Wales, where people can enjoy the beauty of our natural environment right on their doorstep. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“And the area provides a home to a rich, diverse and valuable range of wildlife. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Fires are particularly damaging in spring because they harm nesting birds and other wildlife that thrive there this time of the year, such as butterflies, newts and snakes.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Uncontrolled wild fires can cause temporary loss of habitat and wildlife, while repeated burning can also damage the land for agriculture as well as conservation.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Kevin Jones, Business Education and Arson Reduction Team Manager at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is extremely disheartening to find that such incidents have been ignited deliberately. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Deliberate fires place tremendous pressure on resources, with our crews tied up for a considerable length of time trying to bring them under control – which in turn delays firefighters from attending life threatening incidents. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The potential for serious damage to our environment, often in sensitive areas, by the impact of countryside fires is a serious concern.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Halkyn Mountain is home to rare grasslands and heathlands where species such as the great crested newt and other amphibians, are protected by European law. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It has been designated as aSite of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), which Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is responsible for protecting in Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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