The second fire appeared to start near Sunderland Farm and spread, aided by a stiff wind, right across the hill to above Conisby, a distance of 2-3 kilometres. It was still burning yesterday evening and I'm not sure how much further it spread towards Port Charlotte.
Thankfully, it is still probably still too early in the season for ground nesting birds in the two areas to have taken up residence, but the nesting cover they would have used is now just blackened ground and the charred remains of heather and scrub.
|Fire burning on RSPB reserve|
|Smoke billowing over Conisby (right) and Gartaharra Farm|