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1054: Farming in the English uplands

This paper is summarised from ‘Farming in the English uplands’ by Lindsey Clothier and Elizabeth Finch from the Defra Agricultural Change and Environment Observatory

Year of Publication2010

Livestock farming contributes to the maintenance of the upland landscape and its mosaic of semi-natural habitats and farming is important to rural communities. Previous intensification has led to pressures on habitats, species, soils and water. Following CAP reform, livestock numbers are now declining and this is allowing vegetation to regenerate and reducing risks to soils and water bodies. Significant uptake of the Uplands Entry Level Stewardship will help to maintain environmental benefits and adequate grazing levels on moorland. Upland farming is challenging but farmers are resilient and widespread abandonment appears unlikely.

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hill farming less favoured areas
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