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Firefighters issue deliberate blaze warning

2013 wildfire at Siddick Ponds Credit: ITV Border

With the summer holidays well underway Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is urging parents to teach their children about the dangers of deliberately starting wildfires.

In 2013 the Siddick Ponds nature reserve near Workington was devastated by arson. The reserve has recovered and plant and animal life have returned, but firefighters say deliberate, nuisance fires can have fatal consequences.


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.

Fears that dogs could frighten remaining birds at reserve

Dog walkers at a nature reserve in Workington have been told to keep their animals under control.

Siddick Ponds reserve was devastated by a fire last week - which is thought to have been started deliberately.

So much of the reedbeds and grassland were destroyed that birds are now having to nest in different areas.

Naturalists say that the breeding season could be ruined if dogs frighten the birds from their nests.

Nature Reserve fire latest in arson attacks

The area is a site of special scientific interest because of the wildlife it supports Credit: ITV News Border

Fire fighters from across west Cumbria attended a wildlife fire last night (9th April) which engulfed the Siddick Pond Nature Reserve.

The Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the species that live in its wetlands habitat.

The fire is being treated as suspicious.

Half of the reed bed has been destroyed Credit: ITV News Border