Ashdown Forest made it in to the Daily Mail newspaper after a fire raged through an estimated 60 hectares of heathland around Long car park to Chelwood Gate. In the report there was a picture of our Forest Rangers and also of the devastation. Winds quickly whipped up the flames and the fire spread extremely quickly. There is a report that it could have been arson. Considering how wet it has been it is amazing just how fast heathland dries out, presumably because the heather has yet to sprout and there is still lots of debris like old bracken and leaves.
Unfortunately it is our wildlife that has suffered as a consequence of the fire. Many breeding birds including Stonechat, Nightjar, Woodcock, Turtle Dove or many of the Warbler species will have lost young to the flames.