The fires around the hill are not celebratory beacons, they are not warning of an impending invasion, merely a sign of human activity! – conservation activity.
The last time there was a celebratory fire on the Beacon was in the summer of 1911, celebrating the coronation of king George V.
On Thursday there were two new members in the team, and they were joined by six volunteers from British Rail helping to collect and burn the foliage, after Pete the ranger had strimmed the hillside. This operation is repeated every couple of years to help the flowering of the wild flowers.