BASC to fund up­land man­age­ment study

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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.

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