RSPB calls for an end to burning on deep peat in Peak District

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Conservation organisation the RSPB is calling for an end to burning on deep peat - claiming it threatens the future of the Peak District.

Burning is widely used in the uplands to help create the best conditions for red grouse but the RSPB claims when burning takes place on deep peatlands, it can permanently damage fragile vegetation.

Roy Taylor, the RSPB’s Peak District Area Reserves Manager, said: “Burning on deep peat takes place across the English uplands but it is particularly intensive in the Peak District.

“We are asking local landowners and other upland users to call on Natural England to bring about an end to burning on deep peat. We’ve also called on landowners to commit to voluntarily stopping the practice on their own areas of deep peat.”

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