Firefighters from West Yorkshire have saved thousands of young chicks from a blaze at the world's oldest wildfowl and nature reserve in Wakefield.
Fire broke out in undergrowth at Haw Park Woods, The Heronry, on Monday and has involved seven crews working in rota to bring under control.
The nearby Walton Hall was the ancestral home of the naturalist and traveller, Charles Waterton who dedicated his life to observing and protecting local wildlife, building a three-mile stone wall around his estate to deter poachers.
Haw Park Woods is now a popular area for walkers and The Heronry is a haven for a variety of wildfowl.
Crews from Wakefield, Ossett, Normanton, and Hemsworth were involved in firefighting, with Station Manager Tim Jones as supervisory officer.
Normanton's Officer-in-Charge, Steve Blezard, paid tribute to all involved and issued a timely warning.
Steve Blezard said: "Although the cause of fire is still unclear, people should be reminded that grassland can be tinder dry at this time of year and a small fire can spread very quickly. Walkers, and families enjoying picnics in the open, need to take special care."
Posted: 14.39, 29.7.11, email@example.com