On 1 April 2020, the Scottish Parliament passed the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill, putting in place measures to address the threats posed by COVID-19. These measures include the suspension of the muirburn season for the period the bill is in force.
The muirburn season, which covers the controlled burning of heather, gorse bushes and grasslands as a land management tool, would normally end on the 15 April. However, the new measures mean that muirburn is suspended until at least the end of September 2020.
For more advice regarding muirburn, please contact our Advisory team, who can offer support with muirburn planning and preparation.