Talk Explains Why Heather Is Burned On Exmoor

Have you ever wondered why moorland is burned on Exmoor? Head to Bossington Hill car park at 2pm on Friday and you’ll find out!

Exmoor National Park, Exmoor Hill Farming Network, the National Trust and Somerset and Devon Fire & Rescue are hosting a guided walk. They will explain why this controlled burning, known as swaling, is carried out.

Exmoor National Park Ranger Tim Parish says that it is a very old practice. On our podcast, Tim explains why Exmoor has lost 40% of its heather moorland over the last 40 years.

Burning heather, or ‘swaling’