Professor Davy McCracken: Uphill battle to progress change in farm biodiversity

This is a useful and relevant commentary from Professor Davy McCracken on challenges for farmers in cutting emissions and tackle climate change, and how further measures such as peatland restoration or woodland and wetland creation are required.

When I spoke at the meeting in January, I was asked to address upland agricultural and environmental challenges.

I was invited to speak twice to the new hill, upland and crofting farmer-led group in recent months.

This is one of a number of sector-focused groups – the others covering suckler beef, dairy, arable and pigs – that have been established to develop advice and proposals to the Scottish Government on how to cut emissions and tackle climate change.

When I spoke at the meeting in January, I was asked to address upland agricultural and environmental challenges.

I highlighted that although there are a wide range of beneficial changes that hill farmers and crofters can make, these will not be enough on their own if the sector is to reach net-zero by 2045.

To achieve that, an additional focus on carbon sequestration – whether by peatland restoration or woodland and wetland creation – will be needed.

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