ARCHIVE: Uplands projects
Hill farming shapes the management of the uplands and has considerable wider cultural and ecosystem impacts. Recognising the value of these impacts for different groups – upland communities, visitors and the wider public - is a key consideration in the context of defining future policies for uplands land management. This short paper draws on a range of existing studies to explore public attitudes to different features of upland landscapes, the public’s preferences for the future of the uplands and how the public value typical upland landscapes.Report published 8th March 2011
Economic and environmental impacts of changes in support measures for the English uplands – an in-depth forward look from the farmer’s perspective
This research project improves our understanding of how upland farming in England is likely to be affected by potential changes in income resulting from policy changes. The contractors (CCRI & FERA) have undertaken a mix of economic analysis and ecological modelling based on 80 in-depth farm visits using a range of policy scenarios. The study specifically sought insights from farmers with an objective to view issues from a farm business and practice perspective. The key objective for this research was to build on Defra’s 2009 Uplands Farm Practices Survey (Uplands FPS) and add depth to the understanding of attitudes and likely responses to policy changes.Report published 8th October 2010
The uplands are nationally and internationally important areas for biodiversity as well as being of landscape, archaeological, recreational, heritage and natural resource value. Agricultural activity has largely shaped the upland landscape, but these are areas where the natural characteristics such as geology, altitude and climate make it more difficult for farmers to compete. This paper draws together the available information on agriculture and the environment in the uplands.
Information has been gathered on attitudes, opinions and farming practices in the uplands. The information collected will help to fill the gaps in current survey data and improve Defra’s understanding of a range of issues affecting farming in the uplands.
Quantitative approaches to assessment of farm level changes and implications for the environment (OBS03)
This project provides a systematic review of the scientific evidence linking agricultural and farm level change to the environment.
It draws upon this review to highlight specific areas where further analysis on farm level changes could be targeted. It then undertakes a number of case studies in these areas. The project has helped in developing the work of the Observatory Programme in subsequent years.
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