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TITLE
Heather-burning, Inverness-shire
EXTERNAL ID
QZP99_94032_10_08
PLACENAME
unidentified
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS
CREATOR
I F Grant
SOURCE
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library
ASSET ID
38614
KEYWORDS
heather
burning
muirburn
environment
land management
Heather-burning, Inverness-shire

Heather burning, also known as muirburn in Scotland, happens every year between 1st October and 15th April although the majority happens in the Spring. Areas of heather land are burnt in controlled fires. This was originally done to prevent tall shrubs and trees from taking over the moor and to create open spaces to make it difficult for foxes and wolves to approach domestic herds undetected. Today muirburn is undertaken to create a suitable environment to allow the young heather shoots to grow. The young shoots are edible and essential for various bird and animal species


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Heather-burning, Inverness-shire

INVERNESS

heather; burning; muirburn; environment; land management

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library

I F Grant Photographic Archive

Heather burning, also known as muirburn in Scotland, happens every year between 1st October and 15th April although the majority happens in the Spring. Areas of heather land are burnt in controlled fires. This was originally done to prevent tall shrubs and trees from taking over the moor and to create open spaces to make it difficult for foxes and wolves to approach domestic herds undetected. Today muirburn is undertaken to create a suitable environment to allow the young heather shoots to grow. The young shoots are edible and essential for various bird and animal species <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: central.edsc.library@edinburgh.gov.uk">Edinburgh Central Library</a>