The purposes for which an application may be made are defined by the legislation:
- conserving, restoring, enhancing or managing the natural environment;
- research; or
- 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.