Moorland burning

A high proportion of the Cairngorms National Parks heather moorland is managed for red grouse and their shooting.

  • Muirburn involves rotational burning, which generally favours the maintenance of heather moor, and prevents tree and woodland regeneration.

Badly managed muirburn can cause degradation of the heathland habitat. If a fire gets out of control, burning on steep, rocky ground often causes erosion of thin, poor soils.

More information on moorland management can be found here.