The Daily Telegraph

Peat­land pro­tec­tion

- Animals · Ecology · Wildlife

sir – Land man­agers do not “burn” peat (report, Oc­to­ber 1). They carry out con­trolled heather burn­ing. The aim is not to harm the peat or moss, but to let light into the veg­e­ta­tion un­der­storey. This ben­e­fits peat-form­ing plants, as well as birds of con­ser­va­tion con­cern.

Blan­ket bog can cap­ture car­bon, and burn­ing is part of the man­age­ment. Grouse moors have also been in­volved in block­ing old agri­cul­tural drains in up­lands and the plant­ing of sphag­num, which help to mit­i­gate flood­ing. Amanda An­der­son

Di­rec­tor, Moor­land As­so­ci­a­tion Lan­caster

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