Birds saved from blaze

A PAIR of chicks have managed to survive a devastating moorland fire.

The Curlew chicks came close to death when the fire on Beeley Moor in May came within a metre of their nest.

The quick actions for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service helped contain the blaze to around 29 acres.

Sean Prendergast, head of field services for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The early detection of fires is crucial as it allows firefighters, rangers and other participants to tackle the fires before they spread.

“This great story of the Curlews shows just how delicate and important these moorland habitats are and the threat they face from fires.

“If the fire crews had literally started tackling the fire a few minutes later then these birds would not have survived.”