More than 100 moorland fires reported in England in past four days

More than 100 moorland fires reported in England in past four days

Campaigners say there has been a fivefold increase in damaging and ‘absurd’ burnings in national parks

More than 100 moorland fires have been reported across England’s national parks in the past four days, a fivefold increase on last year.

Just weeks before countries gather in Glasgow for Cop26, the UN climate summit, thousands of acres of moorland across the north of England have been torched as part of annual burning carried out by the grouse shooting industry, a practice wildlife campaigners describe as “absurd” and “illogical on so many grounds”.

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