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    Posted: 31 Mar 2015 at 5:17pm
Local news carrying reports now about large heath fire in the area of St.Catherine's Hill, Christchurch. Sounds a big one.

Not helped by the strong winds today.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 2015 at 5:44pm
Is / Was a top reptile site...sad news.
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A top site indeed. I visited last Spring and saw some great stuff.

Local radio also mentions Sopley Common affected. This is a bad day!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Mar 2015 at 5:55pm
Sopley one of 'my' smooth snake sites - provided the original record of a gravid female in spring 2011.  Saw around 50 sand lizards one memorable morning there a few years ago, too.  I hope it's not as bad as my naturally pessimistic mind is thinking..
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Looks like 800m x 800m have gone up at St.Catherine's Hill. Can find no mention of Sopley now on the reports although it was mentioned on the radio reports this afternoon.

Bournemouth Echo has photos on their site.
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'Looks like 800m x 800m have gone up at St.Catherine's Hill' - that'll be 64 Ha of prime lowland heath, one of the world's rarest habitats, and it's not even April 1st yet...Dead
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I was late spotting your report Will let's hope the animals.were
sheltering deep.keith
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I hope so Keith, but if they were then they'll emerge onto a barren landscape devoid of prey and full of predators...
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http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2015-04-01/heath-fire-the-size-of-100-football-pitches-was-deliberate/


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April 2nd and this blaze still receiving a lot of publicity. Once again front page of the Daily Echo with a large picture of the site. Headlines read "After Devastating blaze wrecks precious heathland, now the hunt is on for the sick, mindless arsonists who did this..." Main headline reads "Scorched Earth."

Hopefully going up to the site tomorrow to try and help.


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