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pray for rain

6 May 2011

It has been one of the driest Aprils on record, with only 21% of expected rainfall being recorded. A combination of dry land and strong winds has resulted in raging forest fires all over the UK.

Surprisingly the majority of these fires were started deliberately. But what only takes a matter of seconds to begin, could take a lifetime to recover.

Many small birds, mammals, reptiles and insects have been killed, along with many special conservation sites seeing complete ruin. The sad news is that it is breeding season for many rare and vulnerable birds and thus many chicks and eggs will have been destroyed.

Conservationists warn that although some areas may be relatively quick to restore, much could take centuries to completely recover where fires have gone deep into the earth.

Efforts are now underway to assess the scale of the damage, whilst many fires continue to rage. We do not normally pray for rain, but I’ll think you’ll agree today is an exception.

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