4 Planning for Muirburn Table

1Read and understand the key sections of this Code2 - Muirburn Regulation
3 - Protected Areas & Species
2Define the land over which management is requiredUse maps or aerial photographs
3Identify and note all the features, assets and values at risk on the map or aerial photo. Include:Property e.g. fences, gates, buildings, power lines, pipelines, watercourses, drinking water supplies, slopes, roads and tracks.
Environmental assets e.g. special habitats, wildlife, peatland bogs, scrub, woodland.
Other features:
that could slow or speed up a fire, or alter its direction;
natural firebreaks; and
areas where the terrain allows management by cutting.
4Identify all sensitive areas where there are a number of constraints that lead to the need for more detailed planning, perhaps even the development of a fire prescription and detailed prescribed burn plans. For example: Woodland edge, where damage could be caused but where beneficial objectives are also possible, e.g. assisting tree regeneration, improving habitats for woodland edge wildlife or the creation of firebreaks.
(Consider whether external advice is required.)Wet heath and peatland areas
5Review the management optionsDecide whether to burn, to cut or to do neither.
Consider the interaction of other planned management activity, especially grazing.
6Check if any consents are required for the proposed work.This step will be of particular importance if the land is part of a designated site.