An outline summary document of the current knowledge about prescribed vegetation burning impacts on ecosystem services compared to alternative mowing or no management

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Authors

Andreas Heinemeyer, Mark Andrew Ashby

Abstract

A lay summary of our discussion paper: A critical review of the IUCN UK Peatland Programme’s “Burning and Peatlands” position statement (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13157-021-01400-1). In short, we discuss the prescribed burning on blanket bog evidence base and its interpretation within a UK context - specifically in relation to the International Union for Conservation of Nature UK Peatland Programme "Burning and Peatlands” position statement published in 2020, and with reference to management alternatives (cutting and a cessation of management).

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https://doi.org/10.32942/osf.io/qg7z5

Subjects

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Life Sciences, Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology

Keywords

Blanket bog, evidence-based policy, Fire ecology, peatlands, Prescribed burning, Upland land management

Dates

Published: 2021-06-02 18:19

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Conflict of interest statement:
MA has provided independent ecological advice and evidence synthesis services to the Moorland Association since April 2019 and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust since October 2019. AH has written this response independently during the time of a second funding phase (in collaboration with MA) of the Peatland-ES-UK project. In order to maintain full transparency regarding any perceivable conflicts of interest, the author would like to acknowledge that phase two of the Peatland-ES-UK project has received funding from several groups: University of York; Natural Environmental Research Council; Natural England; The Moorland Association; United Utilities; Yorkshire Water Services; The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust; Law Family Charitable Foundation; The British Association for Shooting and Conservation.