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The Impact of BSE in Cattle on High-Nature Value Conservation Sites in England

Evans, Nick (2000) The Impact of BSE in Cattle on High-Nature Value Conservation Sites in England. In: Canadian-American-Anglo-Irish-Antipodean Rural Geography Symposium ‘The New Countryside: Critical Questions for the Future of Rural Regions and Communities’, 11th to 18th July 1999, Nova Scotia Agricultural College.


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The BSE (mad-cow disease) crisis has had severe impacts on the beef sector in English agriculture, evident primarily through the low prices since experienced by farm businesses for beef cattle at market and the European Union (EU) ban on British beef exports. However, the extent to which resultant changes in beef cattle enterprises have affected conservation sites of high-nature value is less well-known. This paper reports on empirical research conducted into beef grazing on 50 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), England's best protected conservation areas. The crisis is found to have caused localized problems with overgrazing of Sites due to restrictions in stock movements after the crisis, undergrazing as farmers rationalize their beef enterprises and more subtle ecological changes associated with grazing habitats of different species and breeds of livestock. Direct impacts are not always clear, but BSE is undoubtedly making the delivery of nature conservation objectives more difficult in England.

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Paper published in: Agricultural and environmental sustainability in the new countryside / edited by Hugh Millward ... [et al.]. Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary’s University ; Bible Hill, N.S. : Nova Scotia Agricultural College, 2000. ISBN: 0969348711

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, Environment, Sustainability
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
Depositing User: Clive Kennard
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007 13:11
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:26

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