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Review of moorland burning

Review of moorland burning

Published at 3:50pm 8th October 2015. (Updated at 4:20pm 8th October 2015)

A review is going to consider whether the practice of burning heather should be allowed to continue on Ilkley Moor.

Burning is used to increase grouse numbers for recreational shooting and has been criticised by campaign groups.

Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor claims that it causes widespread environmental damage.

Spokesperson Luke Steele said: "Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor welcomes the announcement Bradford Council will review whether burning to increase grouse numbers for shooting should be allowed to continue.

"Scientific research outlines the damage caused by the practice, including decreased wildlife biodiversity, water quality and harm to blanket bog.

"We are further calling for all legal advice given by Council solicitors in response to the campaign to be reassessed in the public interest, following the Corporate Scrutiny Committee's finding this was incorrectly given to Council chiefs."

Stray FM is waiting for a response from Bradford Council.