The Daily Telegraph
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