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Restoration burning is a myth

An open access paper in Biodiversity and Conservation looks at the burning of blanket bogs.

Its Abstract ends with these words,

More frequent burning will result in a greater proportion of land in the early post-burning stages, potentially resulting in a thinner moss layer, more bare peat and less healthy Sphagnum, with potential consequences for carbon balance. No evidence was found to support the use of burning as a tool to increase existing Sphagnum or promote Sphagnum re-establishment success.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10531-019-01703-0

And one of its authors works for … Natural England.

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