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1159: Impacts of change in upland support

This paper is taken from the executive summary of ‘Economic and environmental impacts of changes in support measures for the English Uplands: An in-depth forward look from the farmer’s perspective’, a report for Defra by a team from the Countryside and Community Research Institute and Food and Environment Research Agency led by Peter Gaskell.

Year of Publication2010

40% of commercial uplands farmers could make plans to leave farming. A landscape of large scale extensive farms would result interspersed with numerous smaller holdings occupied by ex-commercial farmers who remain primarily due to cultural ties; multiple income farmers with limited time for farm management; and lifestyle farmers. Occupancy change is likely to increase the vulnerability of existing habitats.

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