Over Grazing Gets Blame for Rise in Flooding

Burnham, Nigel
April 2003
Farmers Weekly;4/4/2003, Vol. 138 Issue 13, p10
Trade Publication
Over-grazing and changes in field drainage are blamed for a sharp rise in flooding in the past 10 years. Stuart Lane of Leeds University's Physical Geography department, is leading a major research project which will test the theory that changes in land management and farm practices, rather than a rise in rainfall, have increased flooding. Farmers point to the huge surge in building on flood plains and accuse the British Environment Agency of failing to keep watercourses clear. However, land started to get overgrazed since European Union started subsidizing farmers per head of livestock in the 1980s, when there was a massive increase in stock density in the uplands.


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