What the law says
Under the Heath and Grass etc. (burning) Regulation 1986 (as amended):
- Burning is only allowed between 1st October and 31st March (on lowland areas such as Gower). At other times only by licence from Welsh Assembly Government Divisional Offices.
- Not less than 1 day nor more than 7 days written notice of intent to burn must be given to:
- owners and occupiers of the land
- Fires must not be started between sunset and sunrise.
- There must be sufficient equipment and people on hand to control the fire.
- Consent must be sought from CCW before a burn is carried out on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
- No nuisance must be caused through the creation of smoke.
- Dark smoke must not be created.
- No fire should be started which is likely to injure, interrupt or endanger road users.
- Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) it is illegal to intentionally kill any wild bird species or to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird species whilst it is in use or being built. For specially protected species it is also an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb birds while nest building or at or near a nest with eggs or young. These regulations apply to burning management.
A guide to heather and grass burning has been produced, which provides information on how to safely plan and carry out a controlled burn within the framework of burning legislation and good agricultural practice. Download a copy here or call the Gower Commons Initiative on 01792 391670 for your free copy.