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FAQs - Moorland Burning

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Blanket Bog documentThe moorlands of the Peak District National Park are of global environmental importance, made up of a variety of different habitats, dominated by large expanses of blanket bog and upland heath. Where peat depth is 40cm or more it is classified as Blanket Bog.

Controlled moorland burning will be seen on land under private ownership within the National Park. The Peak District National Park Authority does not employ burning as a management technique on our land and has not done so for a number of years.

Methods of heather and wider moorland management in the Peak District National Park vary depending upon the habitat condition of the moorland. Burning is one of a number of management measures employed in parts of the National Park. Other management techniques include the use of managed livestock grazing and cutting. The Blanket Bog Land Management Guidance FAQs* provide a detailed explanation of the management methods employed and why and when they might be undertaken, including burning.

All privately owned moorlands managed within the Peak District National Park are signed up to Defra's Voluntary Commitment to restore blanket bog following this guidance. The changes that are being made to rotational burning affect deep peat habitats only. Drier upland heath habitats can still be managed by rotational burning and this may be chosen by the landowner as the preferred method of management.

All burning within protected sites requires a consent from Natural England. The Peak District National Park Authority has no legislative authority with regard to granting permission for burning and does not have the remit to undertake monitoring, or for example, the enforcement of Voluntary Agreements.

* Published by MoorLIFE 2020, a Moors for the Future Partnership project in the EU designated South Pennine Moors Special Area of Conservation

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