'Horsiculture': how important a land use change in Scotland?

Quetier, Fabien F., and Gordon, Iain J. (2003) 'Horsiculture': how important a land use change in Scotland? Scottish Geographical Journal, 119 (2). pp. 153-158.

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[Extract] Rural areas are now widely recognised as supplying a range of goods and services to people living in urban communities, with one of the fastest developing forms of land use being recreation (Ravenscroft & Long, 1994). In the context of falling agricultural commodity prices, farm-based recreation is a potentially important form of diversification (Ilbery, 1989; Bailey et al., 2000). Recreation also changes the nature of land management, which may have important implications for the rural landscape and environmental features of the rural ecosystems (Gordon. et al., 1989). The growing importance of equestrianism as a UK leisure activity has, in turn, promoted the development of 'horsiculture', with many horses being grazed outdoors for part of the year on land formerly used for livestock grazing (Mellor et al., 1999,2001).

The aim of this work is to draw attention to the importance of equestrianism as a determined land-use change within rural areas and how this form of land use is likely to be underestimated in the agriculturally-based information gathering exercises currently conducted by the Scottish Executive.

Item ID: 42574
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1751-665X
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 07:43
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management @ 60%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070203 Animal Management @ 40%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830306 Horses @ 100%
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