The UK heatwave continues. It’s been about six weeks since we had any significant rain and there’s not much forecast for the next two weeks either. Everywhere is so dry and dusty, the grass is like hay, and even leaves on trees and bushes are starting to look desiccated.
But more worrying than the aesthetics, is the danger that this constant heat poses to our natural world, both flora and fauna. In the past few days fire crews have been called to our village on at least four occasions to attend fires caused by the weather. Twice to the hill where grassland, gorse and scrubland was alight over an extensive area and today to a grass fire on the railway embankment and a car fire on the motorway that spread to an adjoining field.
The hill fires were in close proximity to a peregrine falcon nest site, thankfully they survived the blaze, but other wildlife may not have been as fortunate. Today’s fires affected power lines and there was a loss of electricity to our village and the surrounding area. In addition all train services on that line were stopped and motorway traffic was disrupted while these fires were being extinguished.
I was speaking to some older neighbours earlier and they said that they had never experienced anything like this before. Not even in the summer of ’76, which by all accounts was a scorcher.
Take care in this heat x