Friday, 22 September 2017

COMMENT ON REVISED MUIRBURN CODE


GAMEKEEPERS COMMENT ON LAUNCH OF REVISED MUIRBURN CODE.
Commenting on the revised Muirburn Code, a Spokesman for The Scottish Gamekeepers Association, said: “There are elements of the updated Code which are undoubtedly an improvement. However, we are disappointed that additions to the document – not discussed by the Moorland Forum partners or working group -were introduced late on, turning what was planned to be a practitioner’s guide more into a list of what people should and shouldn’t do. 
“We have heard similar views from other stakeholders who genuinely saw this as an opportunity to get everyone who practices muirburn, as an important management tool, to do so to an agreed high standard.
“If work on the supplementary material takes greater account of the working knowledge of those who actually practice muirburn, it may stand a better chance of getting the buy-in it seeks but we cannot be assured this will be the case.
“We hope that there will be continuing support from the Scottish Government to continue the work that has been started.”