Moorlands support traditional hill farming communities, are home to species of international conservation concern and provide emblematic landscapes with high recreational value. This project aims to discover how we can manage moorland ecosystems in a way that delivers sustainable hill farming communities while also protecting the environment.

Taking the Peak District as a case study, we will examine how farmers respond to policy changes and how they can design business plans to cope with these changes most effectively. We will explore the impact that hill farming has on moorland species and predict how those impacts are likely to change over the next 20 years. To do this, we will develop new modelling tools that allow us to examine the dynamics of moorland change across whole landscapes; how the actions of one farmer affect those of neighbours; and how upland bird species rely on a diversity of habitats across the landscape.

We will conduct valuation workshops with the general public to discover what it is they most value about moorlands. Finally, we will combine these results to evaluate how effectively different policies balance the multiple demands on moorlands. We will deliver a diversity of products of immediate relevance to stakeholders, policy-makers and the scientific community.



Farm-scale ecological and economic impacts of agricultural change in the uplands

Author: Nick Hanley Date: 01 July 2012 Journal article

The cost of policy simplification in conservation incentive programs

Author: Paul Armsworth Date: 01 May 2012 Journal article

Agricultural land-use in the surrounding landscape affects moorland bird diversity

Author: Martin Dallimer Date: 15 December 2010 Journal article

The effect of decoupling on marginal agricultural systems : implications for farm incomes, land use and upland ecology

Author: Szvetlana Acs Date: 01 April 2010 Journal article

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Full research report

Author: Paul Armsworth Date: 16 December 2009 Full research report

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Non-technical summary

Author: Paul Armsworth Date: 16 December 2009 Research summary

Hill farm economics, landscapes and biodiversity in the Peak District

Author: Paul Armsworth Date: 07 July 2009 Other output

Safeguarding rural life in the Peak District

Author: Matt Barker Date: 29 June 2009 Other output

Historical perspectives on the development of multifunctional landscapes : a case study from the UK uplands

Author: Dugald Tinch Date: 01 January 2009 Book chapter

Contrasting approaches to statistical regression in ecology and economics

Author: Paul Armsworth Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

What explains property-level variation in avian diversity? : an inter-disciplinary approach

Author: Martin Dallimer Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

What explains property-level variation in avian diversity? : an inter-disciplinary approach

Author: Martin Dallimer Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

100 years of change : examining agricultural trends, habitat change and stakeholder perceptions through the 20th century

Author: Martin Dallimer Date: 01 January 2009 Journal article

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The effect of decoupling on a marginal agricultural system : implications for farm incomes, land use and upland

Author: Szvetlana Acs Date: 01 January 2008 Working paper

Start date
01 February 2006
End date
30 August 2009
Grant holder
Dr Paul Armsworth
Co-applicants
Professor Nick Hanley
Dr Paul Wilson
Professor Martin Seabrook
Professor Kevin Gaston
Professor Kevin Gaston
Grant amount
£364,750.39
Grant reference
RES-227-25-0028
Discipline
Interdisciplinary Studies
Grant type