In late May, after a particularly dry period, fires broke out at Thursley Common Nature Reserve. It appears to have started by Moat Pond, where a number of people had been lighting disposable BBQs. Due to strong winds the fire quickly spread, covering a large area. The famous boardwalk, inhabited by many lizards and snakes, was burnt to the ground, as was Shrike Hill. Many ground nesting birds, with young chicks, would have lost their lives. A tragic accident that could so easily have been prevented.

Interestingly, a large number of Red Kites are now visiting, presumably feeding on the dead lizards and snakes. New growth is already beginning to rise from the ashes. The endless cycle of nature.