Heather burning into the breeding season licensed by Natural England, damaging protected wildlife.

Many of you reading this may be asking how are shooting estates able to get away with this, well the answer is very simple. According to English law moorland shooting estates are able to apply for a licenses permitting heather moorland to be burnt after 1st April for an additional two weeks. Under normal conditions heather burning must end at the end of March. Perhaps a Freedom of Information request should be submitted to Natural England asking how many of England’s moorland shooting estates applied for a license allowing their gamekeepers to burn heather after 1st April this year? Or do estates think they have the right to burn after the 1st April when burning heather should stop any way! Have these estates not heard of ‘Global Warming’ which is now creating much earlier breeding seasons for many ground nesting birds?

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