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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Andreas Heinemeyer, Mark Andrew Ashby


A lay summary of our discussion paper: A critical review of the IUCN UK Peatland Programme’s “Burning and Peatlands” position statement ( 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).



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


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


Published: 2021-06-02 14:19

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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.