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Urban Heath Partnership continues to help protect heathland


Date: 7th April, 2017

The Urban Heath Partnership (UHP) are launching ‘Operation Heathlands’ on Monday 10th April to raise awareness of fire, vandalism, anti-social behaviour and to protect the heathland through a series of educational programmes and prevention activity in schools, the community and on heathlands.

The initiative, in its 18th year, is running between 10th April and 29th September and member organisations will be working together to tackle issues including:

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service Deliberate Fire-setting / Arson Reduction Coordinator, Gaynor Mant, said: “Arson is the biggest threat to the heathland and both deliberate and accidental fires can destroy whole colonies of wildlife. We are advising visitors to the heath to be especially mindful of discarded cigarettes and to NOT use disposable barbecues when visiting.”

Paul Attwell, the Urban Heaths Partnership manager, said: “Fires on heathlands can have devastating effects on the wildlife and vegetation as they can take up to 25 years to recover. In the right conditions, these fires are capable of traveling as fast as an Olympic sprinter.”

“The UHP continues to work together in order to help protect and enhance our local heathland. Protecting and managing these sites are a shared responsibility with landowners, managers, Natural England and site users and we’re working closely together to reduce the number of fires and anti-social behaviour on these sites.”

Sergeant Adrian Thompson, from Poole Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We conduct high visibility patrols across the heaths, as well as run events in conjunction with the Urban Heath Partnership to prevent damage being caused to the local environment that can put lives in danger.”

Dorset Police works with heath rangers, watch scheme members and the wider public to disrupt and prosecute those committing arson, poaching and traffic offences in heathland areas.

Nearly a third of Dorset’s internationally important heathland is situated in the urban areas of south east Dorset, with nearly half a million people living nearby. The majority of Dorset heaths are designated ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ (SSSI) and above such as ‘Special Protection Areas’ (SPA).

Sergeant Thompson added: “Classifications are put in place to protect these important habitats and they require active management if we are to invest for future generations.”

Dorset heaths are home to all six native reptiles: smooth snake, grass snake, adder, sand lizard, common lizard and slow worm – and for some of these, our heaths are the only remaining natural habitat in the UK.

If you see a fire or anti-social behaviour being committed on a heathland, get to safety and contact the emergency services by calling 999.

Volunteers are being recruited who regularly visit the heaths and would be willing to give up a small amount of their time to help protect them. The UHP offer training to Heath Watch groups on Dorset’s open spaces.

Call 01202 642787, email [email protected] or visit the Community Heath Watch page on Facebook for more information. You can also sign up to receive crime prevention and community safety advice through Dorset Alert.

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