Grouse moor owners should be paid to stop heather burning and restore peatland instead, the Government’s Climate Change Committee has recommended.
The report, Managing the land in a changing climate, was prepared by a number of senior climate change specialists, including Lord Krebs and Sir Graham Wynne, the former chief executive of the RSPB.
Published last week, it states: “Nearly half of the total area of deep peat [in the UK] has been modified to the extent that little, if any, peat-forming vegetation remains. Of this, nearly 1,000 sq km (30 per cent of the deep peat area) has become more like heathland as a result of regular burning.”
The rest of this article appears in the 17th July issue of Shooting Times.
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