BASC to fund upland management study
THE University of York will be able to complete a landmark study on moorland management thanks to a £25,000 grant from BASC.
The project—one of the few of its kind in the Uk—looks at how different management techniques can affect upland habitats and impact on climate change, biodiversity and flood risks. Started in 2012, the research was meant to span 10 years, but budget cuts meant that Defra withdrew financial support, putting the entire study at risk. ‘Upland systems are “slow” and need a long-term commitment for assessing changes adequately to enable meaningful long-term predictions,’ explains the lead researcher, Dr Andreas Heinemeyer.
BASC has now rescued the project by pledging £5,000 per year until 2022, which will allow the University of York team to conclude their work. ‘Shooting in the uplands has much to gain from the production of solid, unequivocal research,’ says BASC chairman Peter Glenser. Earlier this month, the association also named Lord Geoffrey Dear as its new president.