Professor Davy McCracken

Scotland's Rural College

Selected Publications

  • McCracken, D.I. 2012 An update on Scotland’s Environment. In: Skerratt, S., Atterton, J., Hall, C., McCracken, D., Renwick, A., Revoredo-Giha, C., Steinerowski, A., Thomson, S., Woolvin, M., Farrington, J. & Heesen, F, Rural Scotland in Focus 2012, 22-26. Rural Policy Centre, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh
  • Peppiette, Z., Benzler, A., McCracken, D.I., Beaufoy, G. & Opperman, R. 2012. Approaches to monitoring HNV farming: EU framework and country examples. In: Oppermann, R., Beaufoy, G. & Jones, G. eds. High Nature Value farming in Europe. 35 European countries: experiences and perspectives, 502-516. Verlag Regionalkultur, Ubstadt-Weiher, Germany
  • McCracken, D.I., Cole, L.J., Harrison, W. & Robertson, D. 2012 Improving the farmland biodiversity value of riparian buffer strips: conflicts and compromises. Journal of Environmental Quality 41, 355-363 Open Access. Read Online
  • Cole, L.J., Brocklehurst, S., McCracken, D.I , Harrison, W. & Robertson, D. 2012 Riparian margins: their potential to enhance biodiversity in intensively managed grasslands. Insect Conservation and Diversity 5, 86-94. Read Online
  • Renwick, A., Jansson, T., Verburg, P.H., Revoredo-Giha, C., Britz, W., Gocht, A. & McCracken, D.I. 2013 Policy reform and agricultural land abandonment in the EU. Land Use Policy 30, 446-457 Posted online May 2012
  • Firbank, L., Bradbury, R., McCracken, D.I. & Stoate, C. (In press) Delivering multiple ecosystem services from enclosed farmland in the UK. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment doi:10.1016/j.agee.2011.11.014 Posted online 17 February 2012
  • Reid,  J.M, Bignal, E.M., Bignal, S., Bogdanova, M., Monaghan, P. & McCracken, D.I. 2011 Diagnosing the timing of demographic bottlenecks: sub-adult survival and population viability in red-billed choughs. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48, 797-805 Read Online
  • McCracken D.I. & Midgley A. 2011 Halting farmland biodiversity declines: a way forward In: Marrs, S.J., Foster, S., Hendrie, C., Mackey, E.C. & Thompson, D.B.A., eds., The Changing Nature of Scotland, 299-314. The Stationery Office Scotland, Edinburgh. Read Online
  • McCracken, D.I. 2011 Policy Briefing: Challenges for post-2013: biodiversity. In: Rural Policy Centre report on ‘The future CAP for Scotland’ conference, Wednesday 16th March 2011, Edinburgh, ed. J. Atterton, 3-5. SAC Rural Policy Centre Online (RPC PB 2011/05)
  • McCracken, D.I. 2011 Policy Briefing: Farmland biodiversity and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). SAC Rural Policy Centre Online (RPC PB 2011/04)
  • McCracken, D.I. 2011 Research Briefing: High Nature Value farming indicators established for Scotland. Knowledge Scotland Science Policy Connections Online Read Online
  • Barnes, A.P., Schwarz, G., Keenleyside, C., Thomson, S., Waterhouse, T, Polakova, J., Stewart, S. & McCracken, D. 2011. Research Briefing: Alternative payment approaches for encouraging the production of ecosystem services SAC Rural Policy Centre Online (RPC RB 2011/07)
  • McCracken, D.I. 2011 Policy Briefing: CAP reform post-2013 - an opportunity to support High Nature Value farming systems in Scotland? SAC Rural Policy Centre Online (RPC PB 2011/09)
  • McCracken, D.I. 2011 Comment & Analysis: Omission of HNV farming systems could hurt biodiversity value Agra Europe, 22 November 2011, 27
  • McCracken, D.I. 2011 Describing and characterising the main types of HNV farming systems in Scotland. Supplementary Paper 1 of the Scottish Government Summary report of the Technical Working Group on High Nature Value Farming and Forestry Indicators. Web only publication. Read Online
  • McCracken, D.I. 2011 Declines in farming in the Scottish hills and impacts on biodiversity La Cañada: Newsletter of the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism. Issue 27, Winter 2011, pages 19-20. Read Online
  • McCracken, D.I. 2011 Is greening of the CAP beneficial for biodiversity? La Cañada: Newsletter of the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism. Issue 27, Winter 2011, page 9. Read Online
  • Huband, S. & McCracken, D.I. 2011 Understanding High Nature Value agriculture in the Romanian Carpathians: a case study. In: Knowles, B. ed., Mountain hay meadows: hotspots of biodiversity and traditional culture. Society of Biology, London. Read Online
  • Hart, K., Baldock, D., Tucker, G., Allen, B., Calatrava, J., Black, H., Newman, S., Baulcomb, C., McCracken, D. & Gantioler, S. 2011 Costing the environmental needs related to rural land management. Report Prepared for DG Environment, Contract No ENV.F.1/ETU/2010/0019r. Institute for European Environmental Policy, London. Read Online
  • Firbank, L., Bradbury, R., McCracken, D.I. & Stoate, C., Goulding, K., Harmer, R., Hess, T., Jenkins, A., Pilgrim, E., Potts, S., Smith, P., Ragab, R., Storkey, J. & Williams, P. 2011 Chapter 7: Enclosed farmland. In: The UK National Ecosystem Assessment Technical Report. UK National Ecosystem Assessment, UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge. Read Online
  • Young, J.C., Marzano, M., White, R.M., McCracken, D.I., Redpath, S.M.,. Carss, D., Quine, C.P. & Watt, A.D.W. 2010 The emergence of biodiversity conflicts from biodiversity impacts: characteristics and management strategies. Biodiversity & Conservation 19 3973-3990 Read Online
  • Webb, L., Nager, R.G., Beaumont, D.J. & & McCracken, D.I. (2010) Field-scale dispersal of Aphodius dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in response to avermectin treatments on pastured cattle. Bulletin of Entomological Research, Vol. 10, pp175-183. Read Online
  • Reid,  J.M, Bignal, E.M., Bignal, S., McCracken, D.I., Bogdanova, M. & Monaghan, P. 2010 Parent age, lifespan and offspring survival: structured variation in a wild population. Journal of Animal Ecology 79, 851-862 Read Online
  • McCracken, D.I. 2010 How effectively is water quality being managed? In: Skerratt S, Hall C, Lamprinopoulou C, McCracken D, Midgley A, Price M, Renwick A, Revoredo C, Thomson S, Williams F, Wreford A, Rural Scotland in Focus, 60-69. Rural Policy Centre, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh
  • McCracken D.I. & Midgley A. 2010 How well is farmland biodiversity being maintained? In: Skerratt S, Hall C, Lamprinopoulou C, McCracken D, Midgley A, Price M, Renwick A, Revoredo C, Thomson S, Williams F, Wreford A, Rural Scotland in Focus, 70-79. Rural Policy Centre, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh Read Online
  • Huband, S., McCracken, D.I. & Mertens, A. 2010 Long and short-distance transhumant pastoralism in Romania: past and present drivers of change. Pastoralism: research, policy and practice, 1, 55
  • Cole, L.J., Pollock, M.L., Robertson, D., Holland, J.P., McCracken, D.I. & Harrison, W. 2010. The influence of fine-scale habitat heterogeneity on invertebrate assemblage structure in upland semi-natural grassland. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 136, 69-80 Read Online