There is surprisingly little research on the impact of this muirburn
. Obviously burning off the vegetation releases carbon, but the vegetation that grows back takes carbon back out of the atmosphere.
(controlled burning) activity not taking place as frequently as it used to means there is a lot more fuel there to burn.
He said: "That made the wild fire easier to fight." But he other areas where muirburn
was not practiced fared worse.
Thomas Smith, assistant professor in environmental geography at the London School of Economics (LSE), said: "This is the 'muirburn
' season, when Natural England permit fires on moorlands, before a ban on burning around mid-April.
The recent report by the Land Reform Review Group stated that devoting large areas of land to shooting estates was not in the public interest and criticised the use of muirburn
, or heather burning, by estates for damaging the environment.
The new reserve will be managed by RSPB who plan deer management, peatland restoration, grazing and muirburn
Messrs Allison & Son of Muirburn
sold five Lim X bulls to average 115.1p which topped at 118.5p purchased by Mr Frank Clarkson on behalf of Seddon & Co.
Grouse is also an economic driver -- the birds need young heather shoots to feed on, and this is achieved by regular A-burning known as 'muirburn
', done in early springtime before the ground nesting birds get going.
"We know that on estates where muirburn
takes place, such as on grouse moors, it can often stop wildfires from spreading.
The new policy looks at three main areas: land use and wildlife issues, such as overgrazing; the creation of extensive monocultures through excessive muirburn
or large, single-species forestry plantations; and the concept of rewilding.
"The estate has been severely restricted for 10 years in the controlled muirburn
they can do in that area.
The new approach has been welcomed, with the trial to take on similar methods deployed by gamekeepers undertaking muirburn
on sporting estates.