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Grass arsonists strike Cardiff

By Amy Willis, Cardiff Evening News

FIRE engines were sent to 10 deliberate grass fires in Cardiff and more than 200 across South Wales over the weekend despite South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s crackdown on grass arsonists.

The Cardiff blazes were in wildlife areas in Ely, St Mellons, Pentwyn, Llanrumney Penylan and Trowbridge. St Mellons was worst affected – three separate fires had to be extinguished in Hendre Lane, Matthysens Way and Pontprennau.

Hendre lane in St Mellons where one fire was extinguished

Hendre lane in St Mellons where one fire was extinguished

A spokesperson for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said sending fire engines out to grass fires was a needless drain on resources.

“If there was a house fire at the same time then fire engines would have to travel from further away to put it out,” she said.

Lewis James, reserve projects manager for the RSPB, said the fires would have an impact on wildlife as nesting birds would be badly affected.

He said: “It is an important time of year for nesting birds as it is the breeding season, especially ground nesting birds like skylarks.

“If their habitats are destroyed this might affect numbers.  Small mammals will also be more at risk from predators as fires can leave foraging areas exposed.”

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