Burning of moorland, particularly the newly-invented ‘restoration burning’ of blanket bogs will feature on Countryfile this evening.
The observations of burning of blanket bogs featured on this blog formed part of the dossier that was used by Guy Shrubsole and others and which will, I’m guessing, feature in the programme.
The blurb for the programme includes these words,
Joe discovers how last year’s moorland wildfires sparked a row that is raging on: how best to protect the vital reserves of blanket bog on our uplands.He finds out that this deep peat landscape has proved vital in soaking up water and reducing the risk of flooding, improving our air quality by storing carbon and providing a damp barrier to wildfire. But there are concerns that a land management technique known as rotational burning puts it at risk. So why isn’t more being done to stamp it out?https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002t
Countryfile is off the pace as usual when it comes to serious issues – the controversy over burning blanket bog goes back many years – here’s a blog from 2012 for starters!
For background to burning blanket bogs see this week’s post Warm words on burning. I’m sure that the NE position would have come out anyway and that in no way was it accelerated because the subject was going to be on BBC1.