.A small group of gamekeepers spent the night fighting a major blaze blaze covering two hundred acres of heather moorland close to the Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs in the Derbyshire Peak District.
The fire, which broke out at around 1pm on Monday, is believed to have been started by a disposable barbecue, according to a spokesman for the reservoir, which quickly escalated into a major fire threatening the natural habitat of many wild animals and birds including red grouse, plovers, meadow pipits and hen harriers.
Ten fire crews were called to tackle the flames, and remained on scene until dusk fell, leaving the job of managing the fire overnight to the gamekeepers on scene.
Kieran Logan was one of the gamekeepers left battling the flames and he said moorland management policies implemented some 10 years ago by the landowners, The National Trust were also partly to blame.
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