‘BBQs Burn More Than Bangers’ is a campaign to remind people that BBQs are illegal on heathlands.

On average, Dorset is subject to over 100 heathland wildfires a year, a high proportion of these can be attributed to a heathland barbecue gone wrong. This campaign aims to raise awareness that it is illegal to barbecue on heathland and instead promote the use of alternative, safe, designated barbecuing destinations.

Last week, Litter Free Dorset (LFD), the Urban Heath Partnership (UHP) and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) announced the launch of a new campaign to prevent wildfire with the following press release:

Fire crews are still working on damping down hot spots at Wareham Forest following the fire last weekend. As we enter in to a particularly dry summer period it is more important than ever for us to be responsible and only have BBQs either at home or in designated BBQ areas. 

A new animation has been created to spread the message – Take a look below!

How people can get involved and help to reduce fires:

Help us by not barbecuing on Dorset’s heathlands – either pack a picnic or visit one of our suggested, designated barbecuing spots instead. Find our suggested spots and hot barbecuing tips on the LFD website.

Litter Free Dorset would like to invite everyone to support #BBQsBurnMoreThanBangers campaign

  1. Follow the campaign via social media @LitterFreeDrst Share, Like, Comment!
  2. Share your favourite BBQ pics #BBQsBurnMoreThanBangers #SpreadLoveNotWildfire
  3. Print off a poster from our resource hub to stick in your window at home, in your shop or in your car!
  4. Report any illegal heathland bbqs that you see!
  5. If you see a fire on heathland, report it immediately. Please phone the fire service on 999 and leave the area as soon as possible.