A ROADSHOW is to warn people of the dangers of moorland fires.
Parts of Marsden Moor have been badly damaged by fires in recent years and the village will be one of the places where the roadshow, run by the Moors For The Future project, will be held.
The roadshow is touring areas of Yorkshire and Derbyshire. It will be in Marsden on Cuckoo Day - Saturday, April 23 - from 10am to 4pm.
Marsden firefighters will also be giving out advice.
Leaflets will be handed out urging people to be extra-careful in the summer months, urging them not to stub cigarettes out in the peat.
Re-usable pouches will also be handed out into which people can pop their finished cigarettes while out on the moors.
Campfires and camping stoves are also a danger.
Moor care ranger Dan Boys said: "Accidental summer fires are the single biggest factor contributing to the moors' rapid erosion.
"They burn deep into the peat, destroying seeds and effectively sterilising the soil. With no vegetation to bind the bare peat together it is at the mercy of wind, rain and frost."
Peter Arnfield, of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Uncontrolled fires that spread rapidly across the relatively inaccessible areas of moorland result in severe loss of wildlife habitat and cause major ecological damage.
"They also have huge financial implications for the organisations with the responsibility of fighting them," he added.
Moors For The Future is a five-year, Lottery-funded project to restore a large section of eroded Peak District moors which is an internationally important habitat for rare species.