Cumulus Consultants was commissioned by the RSPB to assess the likely biodiversity implications of changes in cattle and sheep grazing in the Less Favoured Areas (LFA) within England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
During the year-long project, we analysed agriculture and site condition data for the LFA at the finest level possible, reviewed literature, undertook a survey of expert opinion, and produced a series of eight case studies from around the UK.
The report, presents trends in livestock numbers and grazing pressure in each country, illustrated by maps and graphs. This is supplemented by an analysis of key changes, regional variations, and influencing factors. This data is complemented by a summary of expert opinion and findings from the case studies. The report concludes with policy and other recommendations to support positive grazing regimes in the LFA.
Key findings include:
Key recommendations include:
The full report can be accessed here:http://www.rspb.org.uk/images/final_report_tcm9-340975.pdf
This research has helped us develop our understanding of grazing in the uplands and its central role in securing the future of some of our best loved wildlife and habitats.