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
Download the 2011 follow up Report
Response from the Hills
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
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