The Gamekeeper job is definitely not Monday to Friday or 9 to 5. These images were taken yesterday and due to the seasonal window and weather restrictions attached to burning this is why weekends on the NorthYork Moors at the moment are very busy.
The controlled burning of heather is undertaken between the 1st October and 15th April. This is the safest time possible as the soil should be wet so the chance of burning into the peat is minimal therefore ensuring a cool burn.
We are currently experiencing very good weather for burning, minimal rain and light winds hence the many plumes of smoke that are visible all over the moors at present. This is a great sight at this time of year but definitely not in the middle of summer and hopefully the fire breaks which are b
eing created at the moment will minimise the risk of wildfires during the warm dry summer months.