Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Scotland: Out of Season Muirburn

The licensing scheme for out of season muirburn was introduced by the Wildlife & Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011.  The details of how to apply and the application form are now available on the SNH website.

The purposes for which an application may be made are defined by the legislation:

  1. conserving, restoring, enhancing or managing the natural environment;
  2. research; or
  3. public safety
This is a useful step forward.  Further guidance about the other muirburn provisions introduced by the Act will be produced by the Scottish Government, before the start of the muirburn season on 1 October - the Muirburn Group of Scotland's Moorland Forum will be advising on this. 

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