We are asking shops to remove disposable BBQs from their shelves! Over 1 million disposable BBQs were sold in the UK last year. A couple of BBQs is all it took to burn down an area the size of over 200 football pitches in Wareham forest. Let’s work together to remove disposable BBQs from our shelves and protect Dorset against wildfire.

Thank you to the shops that have supported the campaign so far. If you are a business that is choosing not to sell disposable BBQs this year, please email: litterfreedorset@gmail.com

Click on the link below to see which shops are choosing not to sell disposable BBQs in your local area. The list is updated weekly.

BBQs burn more than bangers!

Barbecues are a major source of heathland wildfire which destroy wildlife, negatively impact the surrounding communities, and contribute to climate change.

Heathlands have high levels of animal and plant biodiversity and are home to many bird species of international importance, including the breeding Nightjar, Woodlark and Dartford Warbler, plus wintering raptors, such as merlin and hen harrier.

Also found on Dorset’s heathlands are all six species of native British reptiles, the southern damselfly and some rare invertebrates, for example the Pubeck mason wasp, ladybird spider, heath tiger beetle and heath bee-fly.

Can you help?

Seen a shop selling BBQs near you? Want to help spread the message? The resources below may help start a conversation with your local shop. Or alternately give us a call to see how we can work with you to encourage the business to choose to remove disposable BBQs.

Choose your favourite Facebook banner below, download and share to show you’re supporting the campaign!

Let’s work together to remove disposable BBQs from our shelves…

Wareham Forest Fire May 2020

250 fire fighters worked to control the fire at Wareham. Help came from as far as South Wales. If you see a fire or anti-social behaviour being committed on heathland, or anywhere else:

  • Get to safety

  • Note the location of the incident

  • Call 999

  • Meet the Fire and Rescue Service at the site entrance

  • Do NOT attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water


Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue
Urban Heath Partnership