NatureScot Research Report 1302 - Reviewing, assessing and critiquing the evidence base on the impacts of muirburn on wildfire prevention, carbon storage and biodiversity.


This review discusses what is muirburn, its relationship with wildfire, impact on carbon emissions and storage and on habitats and species, and the practical approaches that can be used to identify peat and peatlands. This review has found that the evidence base surrounding the impacts of muirburn on wildfire, soil carbon and habitats and species is somewhat limited and sometimes contested. The evidence base is most limited for the relationship of muirburn with wildfire, then carbon, with the most evidence on the impacts of muirburn on habitats and species.

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