Keep­ers high­light moor­land con­ser­va­tion

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Game­keep­ers in the north of Eng­land are work­ing to­gether to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about the ben­e­fits of peat­land restora­tion brought about by grouse moor man­age­ment.

Keep­ers from five re­gional moor­land groups — the North York­shire Moors Moor­land Or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Up­per Nid­derdale Moor­land Group, the Peak Dis­trict Moor­land Group, the North York­shire Dales Moor­land Group and the North­ern Pen­nines Moor­land Group have banded to­gether to high­light the hard work and ef­fort made by those in the grouse moor com­mu­nity.

Keep­ing peat­land healthy leads to a range of ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing bet­ter wa­ter for drink­ing and aquatic life, greater bio­di­ver­sity, wild­fire preven­tion, im­proved car­bon stor­age, slow­ing the flow of wa­ter af­ter heavy rain, bet­ter graz­ing and, of course, land suit­able for grouse shoot­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Nat­u­ral Eng­land, there are cur­rently at least 18,000ha of English moor­land un­der restora­tion with more to come.

Jim Sut­ton, head­keeper at Snails­den Moor, a mem­ber of the Peak Dis­trict Moor­land Group, has hosted a se­ries of talks ex­plain­ing to lo­cal peo­ple the process of con­trolled burn­ing and its ben­e­fits.

He said: “Heather burn­ing is a use­ful tool in the process of manag­ing veg­e­ta­tion and for speed­ing up restora­tion work tak­ing place through­out the Peak Dis­trict. Eng­land’s moor­land is rugged, but cer­tainly not wild and is in fact care­fully man­aged by game­keep­ers.

“It is a tra­di­tional part of moor­land man­age­ment which will help to re­store peat­lands and pre­vent wild­fires, an is­sue we have en­coun­tered all too of­ten in the Peak Dis­trict. Over­grown, dry veg­e­ta­tion is much more likely to catch alight in the warm sum­mer months and burn so hot that it se­verely dam­age the del­i­cate peat be­neath.”

Heather burn­ing is a tra­di­tion used to help re­store peat­lands and pre­vent wild­fires

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