2008: Farming's Retreat from the Hills

This report looks at the trends in livestock numbers and at some of the policy challenges that these changes raise.

In the context of growing concerns that there are fewer and fewer livestock on Scottish hills, with potentially negative consequences for the social, economic and environmental sustainability of upland areas, this report brings together some of the evidence on what is happening to livestock numbers with an assessment of the current economic situation and a discussion of the possible consequences for biodiversity and communities. The purpose is to identify the trends and geography of current changes and to question what the most appropriate responses might be.

In addition to the full report a 2-page research briefing can also be found in the download section.

Download the Report or Research Briefing

Farming's Retreat from the Hills

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Response from the Hills

Steven Thomson

Agricultural Economist

Address: Land Economy, Environment & Society, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4192

Fax: 01315354345

E-mail: steven.thomson@sruc.ac.uk

Dr Jane Atterton

Rural Policy Centre Manager and Policy Researcher

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4256

Fax: 0131 535 4345

E-mail: jane.atterton@sruc.ac.uk

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