The Federation responds to Natural England's call for evidence

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The Federation submitted evidence (see below) for the second phase of Natural England's Uplands Review covering the following subject:

  • Determining environmentally sustainable stocking regimes on moorland

We knew that this call for evidence was asking for academic papers only, but we belive that practical experience is also highly relevant. Therefore our submission was based on farmer observation. Where possible we  tried to add academic evidence to back our observations/ lived-in experience.   Also while it is important to gather current published research and evidence, will this review be comprehensive? What about the huge gaps in the literature about how sheep stocking levels are set in real life?