From the heather and grass burning code: Areas within 5 metres of watercourses. There can be an increased risk of soil erosion close to watercourses (e.g. once vegetation has been removed by burning, soil could be washed into a watercourse by rainwater, or the watercourse might flow with sufficient force that its banks could be eroded). Plan management activities to minimise this risk.
It would appear that not a great deal of notice has been taken of the burning code.
These photographs were taken in the Peak District in the last few days.
That water is heading toward Sheffield.
The idea that heather burning does not increase flood risk and water treatment costs is simply untenable. But remember, this is all for the sport of shooting Red Grouse for fun so we won’t see Defra or Natural England doing much about it… Do NE staff actually ever go to these places and see what is happening?
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