• Grouse moor burning is now banned on blanket bog
• The burning season started on 1st October and runs until 15th April
• Please report all burning you see to Valerie.Wheeler@RSPB.org.uk – if possible with photos, videos and location info.
Grouse estates burn the moors to engineer optimal breeding habitat for red grouse – for their own profit.
A recent RSPB blog post reports that in June 2019, Natural England revoked agreements for grouse moors to burn over blanket bog.
We need to keep an eye out on the moors to see if the landowners respect this limitation on burning.
Grouse moor owners and their allies claim heather burning on peatland is necessary for habitat restoration and reduction of wildfire risk.
The RSPB’s management of Geltsdale reserve in Cumbria shows that this is not the case. Continue reading
Ban the Burn and Treesponsibility are among a group of charities, academics and local campaigners with a track record of working on peatland conservation, which has today written to Michael Gove urging him to implement a complete ban on the practice of burning on upland peatland habitats.
A ban is vital in order to protect carbon stores, wildlife, habitats and communities.
We have seen plenty of evidence of continued burning on protected peatland this year, despite the government’s introduction of a voluntary ban on burning.
The lack of compliance with the voluntary ban on burning is likely to worsen, thanks to Natural England’s recent ‘restoration burning’ position statement. Continue reading
After six months of investigation, the RSPB has decided that Natural England has failed in its duties to enforce wildlife and habitat protection laws on Walshaw Moor Estate, and has asked the European Commission to step in.
Mike Clarke, RSPB chief executive, said
“The decision to lodge this complaint has not been taken lightly, but this is a vitally important issue which centres on the Government’s statutory duty to protect our natural environment.”