Students from Elmwood Campus have been learning about muirburn, the rotational burning of old heather, and other aspects of moorland management with BASC Scotland.

The gamekeeping students, all BASC members, had the opportunity to participate in heather burning and learn about the safety elements. Muirburn is permitted between 1st October and 15th April inclusive.

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Kenny Willmitt, BASC Scotland development officer said: “Controlled heather burning is important to provide a range of habitats, including young heather, for red grouse and other wildlife. Heather burning can also reduce the likelihood of unmanaged wildfires causing extensive damage to moorland and woodland. It should always be carried out in accordance with the Muirburn Code.”

Alan Balfour, BASC council member said: “It is fantastic that we were able to offer students the chance to practice this traditional gamekeeping skill and to learn about modern moorland management in an “outdoor classroom”.”


Ryan Hoggan, one of the gamekeeping students present, said: “Thank you again to BASC for all the opportunities it allows students like myself. We enjoyed the day and learned even more.”

Jim Goodlad, Lecturer at Elmwood College said: “We would like to thank BASC for this great hands-on opportunity for the students to participate in muirburn.”



The Muirburn Code can be downloaded here

For more details please call BASC Scotland on 01350 723226 or the BASC press office on 01244 573052 email



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