Curlews, which are globally threatened, lost up to 40% of their population due to the Darwen Moors fire

A moorland fire may have destroyed over 300 breeding pairs of rare birds, said wildlife experts.

Last month, firefighters in Lancashire tackled a blaze on Darwen Moor that burned over 5km (3 miles) of moorland.

The area is a designated breeding site for ground-nesting birds such as the skylark and curlew who have been hit badly, said Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Fire crews believe the the fire on 30 May was started by a disposable barbecue found nearby.

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