FIRES1, The role of managed fire in ecosystem services of UK moorlands and heaths

  • Colin Legg (Organiser)
  • McMorrow, J. M. (Chair)
  • Gina Cavan (Organiser)
  • Aylen, J. (Member of programme committee)
  • Simon Thorp (Member of programme committee)
  • Claire Quinn (Member of programme committee)
  • Klaus Hubacek (Member of programme committee)
  • Mark Jones (Chair)

Activity: Participating in or organising event(s)Organising a conference, workshop, exhibition, performance, inquiry, course etcResearch


Seminar 1 of 4 in the FIRES series: 2-day cross-sector seminar and workshop for fire professionals, land managers , policy-makers and researchers.

Over 60 delegates attended the first meeting of the FIRES series on 31 March in the Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh. This was followed by a dinner and workshop for about 35 invited participants, and a discussion seminar the next day.

The seminar reviewed how fire has been used historically, and the role of managed burning today. The ecosystem services provided by UK moorlands and heathlands were identified, including: biodiversity; carbon budget; water provision; rural livelihoods; landscape quality and recreational use. The focus for debate was the extent to which managed fires contribute to the maintenance of these ecosystem services or pose threats to them, especially with changes in climate.
PeriodJan 2008May 2008
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburghShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • wildfire
  • prescribed fire
  • moorlands
  • heathlands
  • climate change
  • ecosystem services

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research