Message from Dave Bishop, Chair of the Friends of Chorlton Meadows:
For a number of years now someone has been setting fire to grassland on Chorlton Ees and part of the Hardy Farm SBI and it has happened again this year during the present dry spell. This is an immensely damaging practice!
It kills countless numbers of over-wintering insects and small mammals and deprives birds of food. After the fires, the burned areas are invaded by Rosebay Willowherb ("Fireweed") which reduces their nature conservation potential.
If you see anyone setting these fires do not approach them but try to get a description.