Big Moor fire – help us raise £5000 helicopter costs
As many people are aware, on Monday 21st May there was a large fire on Big Moor on the Eastern Moors above Sheffield, in the Peak District National Park which devastated 45 hectares of precious moorland habitats.
The remains of many nests with eggs and small amphibians have been found in the burn area and we are still assessing the extent of the damage during the sensitive bird breeding season.
“We are absolutely devastated at the damage caused by the fire and grateful to all the highly committed people who put it out” said Jon Stewart, National Trust General Manager for the Peak District. “This will have a severe impact on the wildlife and habitat in this area and creates a huge cost for our public services and the charities that care for these moors.”
The Eastern Moors team have been moved by the heart-warming support they have received during and since the fire and are overwhelmed by the scale of the assistance from the local community, volunteers, tenants, neighbouring estates, wider Peak District National Trust teams and fire crews. The cost of the fire to all involved, is likely to run to £30,000 with approximately £10,000 costs falling directly to the Eastern Moors Partnership. £5000 of the cost is for the helicopter which helped to put out the fire, and without which the extent of the devastation on Big Moor would have been far greater. “We have been bowled over by the support we have received by the public and have been asked by many who felt helpless in the face of the fire, what they can do to help.
There is only so much you can do in these dreadful circumstances and so we have set up a donations page and are inviting anyone who would like to help, to make a donation. Any money raised will help us to recoup some of the money we lost, which would have been spent on important habitat conservation work on the moors” says Katherine Clarke, Eastern Moors Partnership.