What’s up in the Uplands? Delivering Food Ecosystem Services - 2 day workshop

Date: 3 September 2015 Start time:

SRUC Hill & Mountain Research Centre,Crianlarich, Perthshire, Scotland

2 day workshop

Staff from SRUC (Scotlands Rural College) and Bangor University have collaborated to bring together their wide ranging expertise in Upland management research.

What can be done to ensure the viability of upland farms so that they can continue to produce quality, sustainable food while delivering ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, flood regulation and maintaining biodiversity?  Upland farmers today face pressures including changing markets, policies, climate and environmental regulation.  What should they be aware of ecologically and economically?  What current practices could be reviewed and altered to address the pressures?  How can farmers take advantage of the opportunities presented by new schemes of payment for ecosystem services?  The workshop will explore the environmental, social and economic viability of alternative upland farming systems in the UK, including soil management, moorlands, natural and cultivated grasslands, sheep and cattle, drainage, burning and overgrazing. 

Workshop will include;

  • Introduction to “uplands” and “ecosystem services": Definitions and descriptions explaining how uplands play a key role in providing a wide range of valuable (invaluable?!) ecosystem services.—Dr Phil Hollington & Dr Dave Styles
  • Recent research for the uplands: How recent research advances have implications for upland farmers—Dr Phil Hollington
  • Greenhouse gas emissions on upland farms: Where emissions come from, their importance, and how they could be reduced—Dr Dave Styles
  • Ecosystem services: Greenhouse gases, carbon sequestration and peat restoration—Dr John Holland
  • Muirburn: the pressures around heather burning—Dr Alistair Hamilton
  • Highland issues: specific issues, concerns and opportunities for farming and land management in the Scottish Highlands—Prof Davy McCracken
  • Discussion: Pressures on, and opportunities for, the uplands—Dr Phil Hollington & Dr Dave Styles

Full itinerary on application


Cost £270 or £160 with a bursary (See our Fees and Bursaries page for info on who is eligible - bursaries are to encourage those in the agri industry to attend)

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Distance Learning 

For those who would like to dig deeper into this subject, the workshop is followed by two 12 week distance learning modules:

These modules can be built towards a range of postgraduate qualifications.

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