In May 2020 a devastating fire struck Wareham Forest, wiping out critical habitats for wildlife. This land was home to important wildlife, including rare birds, plants, reptiles and insects. Please help us to restore this precious habitat by donating to our appeal.
The raging fire burnt for over two weeks destroying an area the size of 350 football pitches and at its peak saw 150 firefighters attend the scene. The blaze scorched heathland, destroyed woodlands and wiped out vital habitats for our rare wildlife. This area will take several decades to recover fully from the damage.
Wareham Forest is one of the UK’s most important sites for nature and conservation. It is one of the few places where it is still possible to find all of the UK’s native reptiles, including the endangered smooth snake, and is home to many rare species of birds and insects, such as Purbeck Mason Wasps and Heath Tiger Beetles.
Forestry England’s task now is to restore the damaged habitats and help protect the forest against destructive fires in the future.
To do this, we need your help by donating to our Help Wareham Forest appeal.
What your donation will support
- Planting new trees, to replace those burnt in the fire
- Reptile monitoring and reptile refuge (tins) to help with future rescues
- Protection of archaeological features at Wareham Forest
- Installing new bat boxes to provide them with new homes
- New machines to create fire breaks and help replenish the heather
- Reinstatement of gravel track infrastructure, to protect from future forest fire
Wareham Forest fire was believed to have been started by disposable BBQs. Every year, fire destroys thousands of hectares of our nation’s forests and wider countryside. Although some fires are started deliberately, most are due to carelessness.
We urge all forest visitors to avoid using barbecues and lighting fires of any kind and always ensure cigarettes are safely extinguished.
Thank you for your support in protecting this vital habitat for wildlife. Your donation will help the recovery of this beloved forest.