A KEY wildlife site has again been devastated by fire.
Crews spent last night battling the blaze over a mile-long stretch of Marsden Moor at Pule Hill, a site of special scientific interest and home to thousands of ground nesting birds.
Police were called to the National Trust site at Mount Road near the golf club just before 8pm last night to assist with controlling traffic.
A spokeswoman for the fire service said: “We originally had reports of a fire on a 100-metre front and this was quickly revised to a 400-metre front.
“Appliances are currently meeting at Motorman’s Cafe on Manchester Road and a specialist vehicle is en route.”
Beaters were also being used to try to limit the damage.
One witness said: “There is a lot of police activity at the scene, it seems to be from the centre of Pule Hill to the A62.
“The flames are reaching 40-foot into the air.
“At about this time last year an entire section of the moor was destroyed and a lot of birds were killed.
“It looks like the same thing will happen again because it’s out of control.”
The last fire was described as a “tragedy” by National Trust officials.
The Marsden Moor estate is regarded as an important habitat, with a variety of wildlife and birds including golden plover and curlew.