Habitat/Land Management

This section contains GAP information leaflets and reports on the effects of grazing on landscapes and habitats including managing wet grasslands for birds and woodland grazing.

Please note: We are currently in the process of reviewing and updating all our publications and we cannot currently guarantee the accuracy of all the content. Please contact the GAP office if you have any queries or concerns.

Report from Stiperstones grazing seminar: Stiperstones NNR, Shropshire

Report from Stiperstones grazing seminar: Stiperstones NNR, Shropshire

Held in partnership between GAP, English Nature, Shropshire Local Grazing Scheme and Shropshire Wildlife Trust at Stiperstones NNR in 2007, this meeting looked at developing grazing partnerships and moorland restoration work involving Hebridean sheep and Exmoor ponies.

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Pulborough Brooks Report. Managing wet grasslands for birds.

Pulborough Brooks Report. Managing wet grasslands for birds.

Report from a workshop organised by GAP and the RSPB at Pulborough Brooks in Feb 2006. Contains information on managing wet grassland for birds, dealing with grazing and other forms of land management.

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How Animals Use the Landscape

How Animals Use the Landscape

Looks at how animals adapt to their environment and the different aspects to be taken into consideration when introducing livestock into a landscape.

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GAP Woodland Grazing Workshop Report, Neroche Project, Blackdown Hills

GAP Woodland Grazing Workshop Report, Neroche Project, Blackdown Hills

This 2005 report looks at establishing and running grazing projects in wooded areas. It includes an outline of the research and literature on woodland grazing as well as a list of key contacts for woodland grazing projects around the UK.

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GAP Trainee project -Costing conservation grazing

GAP Trainee project -Costing conservation grazing

Costing Conservation Grazing - a comparison of two heathland grazing schemes in South-East England.

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GAP Trainee project - The Performance of Ruminant Livestock and the Quality of Their Meat Produced Under Intensive and Extensive

GAP Trainee project - The Performance of Ruminant Livestock and the Quality of Their Meat Produced Under Intensive and Extensive

The Performance of Ruminant Livestock and the Quality of Their Meat Produced Under Intensive and Extensive Rearing Methods – A Review

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GAP Trainee Project - The impact of Beulah Speckled-face and Herdwick grazing on a chalk grassland site on Chipstead Downs

GAP Trainee Project - The impact of Beulah Speckled-face and Herdwick grazing on a chalk grassland site on Chipstead Downs

The impact of Beulah Speckled-face and Herdwick grazing on a chalk grassland site on Chipstead Downs.

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GAP Trainee Project - The Effect That Conservation Grazing Has on the Abundance and Diversity of Invertebrates When Compared Aga

GAP Trainee Project - The Effect That Conservation Grazing Has on the Abundance and Diversity of Invertebrates When Compared Aga

The Effect That Conservation Grazing Has on the Abundance and Diversity of Invertebrates When Compared Against Other Land Management Technique. project conducted at lough Neagh Discovery Centre with the support of Craigavon Council

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GAP Trainee Project - The Carbon Footprint of an upland livestock farm in South West Scotland

GAP Trainee Project - The Carbon Footprint of an upland livestock farm in South West Scotland

This project aimed to find out the carbon footprint of the Auchencheyne farm to see if the measures put in place had made the business carbon neutral or even negative. Two different free online carbon calculators were used so the results could be compared

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GAP Trainee Project - An evaluation of the use of pigs as a method of bracken control

GAP Trainee Project - An evaluation of the use of pigs as a method of bracken control

A thorough literature review that emphasises the lack of well-designed and/or long-term studies into the use of pigs in bracken management. The nature of the problem is made clear and the options for bracken control are reviewed thoroughly. The literature is well-used and sufficient detail of the few studies that are available is given.

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GAP Trainee Project - An economic comparison of RSPB The Oa’s

GAP Trainee Project - An economic comparison of RSPB The Oa’s

current system of selling Continental X calves at 6 months against finishing pure Highland and Luing calves on the Isle of Islay, plus considering a future option of using a Whitebred Shorthorn bull.

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GAP Trainee Project - An economic comparison of Hill Radnor and Hebridean breeds for their use in Conservation Grazing

GAP Trainee Project - An economic comparison of Hill Radnor and Hebridean breeds for their use in Conservation Grazing

Grazing has become the method of choice for managing a wide range of habitats for conservation. But there is little current research integrating economic implications with biodiversity outcomes. This project aimed to compare the economics of Hebridean and Hill Radnor flocks in relation to their use in conservation grazing.

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GAP Trainee Project - A Comparison of the Use of Koniks Compared to Other Native Breeds In Extensive Conservation Grazing System

GAP Trainee Project - A Comparison of the Use of Koniks Compared to Other Native Breeds In Extensive Conservation Grazing System

A Comparison of the Use of Koniks Compared to Other Native Breeds In Extensive Conservation Grazing Systems. The trainee was based at NT Wicken Fen nature reserve

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GAP Trainee project  evaluation of a breed - recently advancing from the RBST Watchlist against an established beef breed

GAP Trainee project evaluation of a breed - recently advancing from the RBST Watchlist against an established beef breed

An evaluation of a breed which has recently advanced from the RBST Watchlist against an established beef breed. The study wished to assess which breed was more suitable when used for beef farming and conservation grazing of lowland heathland. Both breeds were analysed on weight gain, vegetation grazed, likelihood of a road traffic accident and incident reports using a three month study of both breeds used for grazing management on a lowland heathland site in East Dorset.

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GAP Trainee - Irish Moiled Rush grazing Project

GAP Trainee - Irish Moiled Rush grazing Project

The ability of Irish Moiled and Dexter cattle to control the problem species soft rush (Juncus effuses). The project was hosted by Craigavon County Council.

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