Trust officers are concerned that lanterns, being flown as a show of support for NHS workers during the COVID-19 lockdown, could cause serious problems for wildlife.
Fire lanterns are paper-covered wire or bamboo structures which are powered by a flame inside. They can frighten and kill birds if they get tangled up in the wire or string attachments, and there is a choking hazard if animals see the material as food. Of course, there is also the fire risk.
Director of Conservation, Tim Mitcham, said: “Apart from the littering and wildlife-scaring aspects, having driven over the West Pennine Moors yesterday, surely one of the risks of fire lanterns is moorland fires - it is still a tinderbox up there. Streams are running dry and reservoirs are low. So to send a burning lantern up there is a great risk.”