Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has made an appeal after an increase in the number of grass fires it's been called to deal with.

The latest was at Formby Pinewoods on Wednesday. But firefighters have been called to a similar fire in Ainsdale Pinewoods, which had been caused by an unattended campfire, and a large fire on Ainsdale Beach’s sand dunes in recent weeks.

There have also been smaller fires across Merseyside, including on Bidston Hill in Wirral, Crosby beach’s sand dunes and Bold Moss in St Helens.

The fire service say they all had the potential to spread quickly had they not been spotted by passers-by.

“We would urge the public to be especially careful in the hot weather and make sure they dispose of their rubbish, cigarettes and barbecues safe.

Station Manager Lauren Woodward

The fire service has seen a rise in incidents involving grass and trees in recent weeks as changes in the Government’s coronavirus guidance has seen people flock to local beauty spots.

Whilst a number of these fires are believed to have started accidentally as a result of careless behaviour, others are believed to have been started deliberately.