In 2011 a large part of Upton Heath nature reserve on the edge of Poole was engulfed by fire, destroying 140 acres of one of the most important wildlife sites in England.
Upton Heath Fire © Andy Fale
Five years on, an ongoing, extensive regeneration programme has enabled the fire-affected land to begin a long process of recovery.
There has been a resurgence of important heathland species in the areas immediately adjacent to the fire-affected areas, with increased numbers of Dartford warbler, nightjar, silver-studded blue butterfly, smooth snake and sand lizard.
Dorset Wildlife Trust are continuing to promote the re-growth of heathers on the badly scorched areas which will in turn encourage the return of other heathland wildlife. It will take another 10 years for the heath to fully recover.
Upton Heath © Andy Fale
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