Fire threat to wildlife site

Freda Shakespeare is pictured by the burnt out bench next to one of the ponds at Carr Vale Nature Reserve with litter and burnt out travel chairs left from the night before. She is also holding fishing line left behind next to the pond.
Freda Shakespeare is pictured by the burnt out bench next to one of the ponds at Carr Vale Nature Reserve with litter and burnt out travel chairs left from the night before. She is also holding fishing line left behind next to the pond.

WILDLIFE lovers are growing increasingly concerned for a popular nature reserve which is being vandalised and spoiled with dangerous fires, empty beer cans and fishing line.

Dog walker Freda Shakespeare (71), of Duckmanton, has been shocked to see Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Carr Vale Nature Reserve being turned into an eyesore while birds and animals are being put in serious danger.

She said: “I’m very concerned. There are scorch marks from camp fires, a bench has been torched and there are beer cans and bottles strewn everywhere with some thrown into the reserve’s water areas.

“It’s got worse in the last year and I’m worried for the wildlife especially with all the fires which could easily spread through the dry grass during all the warm weather.”

Mrs Shakespeare has also raised concerns with the trust about anglers using the reserve, which is near Bolsover Hill, out of season and leaving dangerous lines and hooks in the undergrowth after a coot bird became entangled and she has spotted similar problems at nearby Peter Fidler Reserve.

Others have complained after firebugs burnt a trust notice board at the Carr Vale reserve, and no-fishing signs have been torn down.

A trust spokesman said: “There are a lot of breeding birds and the disturbance to them is potentially serious.

“This is a sanctuary for species who can’t find breeding areas and there is a danger from cans and litter.” The trust, Derbyshire County Council, which runs the Peter Fidler Reserve, and police are monitoring the areas concerned and witnesses should call police on 0345 123 3333 or the trust on (01773) 881188.

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