England moor fires

Attenborough praises Saddleworth Moor fire marshal scheme

Sir David Attenborough has praised a group of volunteers who have offered to patrol sprawling moorland to prevent wildfires from destroying the area.

Sir David Attenborough

More than 100 people have signed up to the safety marshal scheme to protect Dovestone Reservoir and surrounding Saddleworth Moor area this summer.

The area of "outstanding natural beauty" has been repeatedly ravaged by fires - most recently in April.

Sir David described the scheme as a "most valuable initiative".

Dovestone WI moorland fire neighbourhood watch plan
Volunteers want to prevent moorland fires from spreading this summer in Greater Manchester.