Grazing Levels

It is estimated that at its peak there were 116,000 sheep grazing the Peak District moors in 1994. With so many mouths to feed the moors were almost stripped bare of the lush moorland vegetation and in its place more vigorous and less edible species such as wavy hair grass began to dominate. Through the use of agri-environment scheme subsidies these stocking rates have been dramatically reduced.

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