The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition)

Is muirburn an embarrassm­ent?

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Sir, – Scotland will host the COP26 conference on climate change later this year.

April 15 sees the end to muirburn (heather burning).

From October until mid April grouse shooting estates have carte blanche to set aflame large swathes of heather moorland.

Nothing else benefits from this scorched earth policy.

Where there is heather there is often peat, a carbon sink and holds back vast amounts of CO2. Muirburn can degrade the peat and release this gas.

The Scottish Government actually pays landowners to incinerate our upland landscape. However,

independen­t advice to the Scottish Government recommends strong legal regulatory control on muirburn.

Public opinion is against this practice and our politician­s should support the independen­t advice and perhaps save some embarrassi­ng questions at the COP26 climate change conference come November. David Mitchell. Henry Street, Kirriemuir.

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