RSPB urges government to end to peat bog burning

The RSPB is calling on the government to end the damaging practice of setting fire to England’s upland peat bogs, as the burning season commences on grouse moors

The RSPB is calling on the government to end the damaging practice of setting fire to England’s upland peat bogs, as the burning season commences on grouse moors.

As of Monday, landowners will be permitted to set fire to areas of moorland to encourage new heather growth and provide favourable conditions for red grouse.  

According to the RSPB, upland peat bogs provide a valuable array of public benefits including providing a home for wildlife, countering climate change by locking up carbon, reducing flood risk, purifying drinking water and slowing the spread of wildfire. But the majority of upland peat bogs are in a poor state, with only an estimated 4% of them in England in a healthy condition, according to a 2013 Committee on Climate change report.

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