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Nature reserve recovering from arson attack

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

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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.

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