A pattern can be seen from these responses: there is general agreement on most issues but there is a polarisation about burning in spring. Several organisations are promoting an end to the burning season of 31 Mar 09. I do not support this.
- There is no compelling evidence to support the early cessation of the season. References are made to the BTO report commissioned by the Moorland Forum, but I thought it had been acknowledged that this had been ambivalent. It is surprising how such reports keep coming around.
- Losing the ability to burn in April would cut off most of the burning that takes place in the highlands. This would result in more rank vegetation and a greater risk of wildfires. I argue that this would produce a greater risk to peat and bird habitat.