From: Brian Morland, Bellflask Ecological Survey Team, Bellflask House, East Tanfield, Ripon.
I RESPOND to the letter from Tina Brough (The Yorkshire Post, January 10) representing the North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation.
To suggest that that the burning of moorland to try and improve grouse numbers for shooting will save this country from catastrophic fires that are ravaging the whole of Australia is, quite frankly, disgusting.
What is happening in Australia is off the scale of horror and disaster and to try to use this to promote grouse shooting practices is frankly mindboggling. I have no strong views on game shooting, but this must rate as the biggest own goal ever.
The fires on Saddleworth Moor and other areas in 2018 were started by arsonists, some of whom are now in prison. Truly wild fires started by lightning strikes, or sun shining through broken glass, are extremely rare. Most fires in this country are started by people either deliberately, stupidly (discarded barbecues etc) or accidentally (heather burning out of control).
The comments that somehow these fires in Australia were preventable is an absolute insult to those suffering this catastrophe.