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Reed beds making "remarkable" recovery

Half of the reed bed was destroyed in the fire in April Credit: ITV News Border

Reed beds which were destroyed in the arson attacks at Siddick Pond Nature Reserve in April appear to be recovering extremely well.

More than half of the reed beds were set alight during a spate of nuisance fires and there were fears that they would be unable to recover from such devastation.

However, chairman of the nature reserve, Bill Bacon, is impressed with the regrowth:

"It has been really remarkable how nature has bounced back.

"We still have a long way before we are back to full strength but next year we are confident all the animals and birds who fled the fire will return."

The reed beds are making a remarkable recovery after the wildfire Credit: ITV News Border

Reeds and wildlife recovering from wildfire

The large fire at the Siddick Pond Nature Reserve, near Dunmail Park on Maryport Road, spread along reed beds and gorse.

As a result, many birds were displaced during the sensitive nesting season.

However, there is now good news for the Friends of Siddick Pond as the reed beds have grown to around a foot high.

Chairman Bill Bacon says he thinks they will be fully re-generated by next spring.

"We're very pleased. It's coming on well, especially for wildlife. We hope by next year it will grow back to what it was like before."

– Bill Bacon, Chairman, Friends of Siddick Pond

Siddick Pond is owned and managed by Allerdale District Council with a little help from the Friends group.


Workington nature reserve recovering from arson attack

The fire at Siddick Pond Nature Reserve Credit: ITV News Border

Reed beds destroyed in a nuisance fire at a Workington nature reserve have started to grow back.

Siddick Pond was badly damaged in April during a spate of arson attacks on several pieces of grassland in west Cumbria.

More than 40 firefighters spent over three hours tackling the blaze at the site of special scientific interest.