HC Deb 16 July 1997 vol 298 c183W
Mrs. Anne Campbell

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has to minimise the erosional impact of sheep in the hills. [7839]

Mr. Morley

Erosion is a widespread, natural process which may be exacerbated by a range of causes, including land use practice, atmospheric pollution and recreational activities. Earlier this year MAFF commissioned a three year project to identify the precise causes of upland erosion and propose potential solutions. Agri-environment schemes including Environmentally Sensitive Areas, the Moorland Scheme and (in England only) Countryside Stewardship are contributing to the positive maintenance of upland habitats, including through the encouragement of extensive grazing and improved management practices.