You may have heard or seen on the news that there was a fire on St Bees Head overnight on Tuesday 12th June. This has caused a large amount of damage to the area. The RSPB, who own much of the land, have released the following statement:
“We are currently unable to get access to the site as it had been closed off by the police. Consequently, we don’t know the extent of the damage caused by the fire on the South Head at St Bees.
Our understanding is that a large area of gorse and heath on the southern part of the reserve has been destroyed, which will have affected birds including stone chats and linnets, as well as a range of butterflies.
However, we are we are hopeful that the seabird colony is unaffected as the majority of these birds nest on the North Head.
We will be able to ascertain the full extent of the damage once we are permitted onsite.
We would like to say a huge thanks to the fire fighters who tackled the blaze.”
Once we have any more information we will update the website.