Habitat monitoring in the wider countryside: A case study on the pursuit of innovation in red deer management

Maffey, G. and Reed, M. and Irvine, R.J. and van der Wal, R. (2013) Habitat monitoring in the wider countryside: A case study on the pursuit of innovation in red deer management. Journal of Environmental Management, 128. pp. 779-786. ISSN 03014797 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Policy frameworks for protected areas, such as the EU habitats directive, ensure that environmental monitoring takes place to assess the condition of these sites. However, this monitoring rarely extends to the wider countryside, and there is no obligation for private landowners to detect trends in habitat condition. Using the diffusion of innovations model as an analytical framework we conducted a series of semi-structured interviews to consider the uptake of habitat impact assessment methods throughout a community involved in private land use pursuits in Scotland. It was found that although the community as a whole recognises the benefits of habitat impact assessments there are a number of barriers to their uptake, including the complexity of data gathering and interpretation, and uncertainty around who should be responsible for the conduct of assessments. Analysing the uptake of an innovation at an early stage, rather than retrospectively as is commonly done, highlights the potential for non-adoption and could therefore inform the reinvention of the innovation. In this instance reinvention could lead to more appropriate monitoring methods, which, if taken up, could reduce the need for legislative intervention in situations where both public and private interests need to be considered. © 2013 [Author/Employing Institution].

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diffusion of innovations, Habitat monitoring, Private land, Red deer management, Wildlife management, data acquisition, deer, environmental monitoring, habitat management, habitat structure, land use, landowner, legislative implementation, protected area, uncertainty analysis, article, environmental impact, environmental management, environmental monitoring, environmental planning, habitat quality, land use, mass communication, nonhuman, red deer, semi structured interview, United Kingdom, Diffusion of innovations, Habitat monitoring, Private land, Red deer management, Wildlife management, Age Factors, Animals, Conservation of Natural Resources, Deer, Ecosystem, Environmental Monitoring, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Scotland, Scotland, United Kingdom
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 13:13
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 13:13
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2595

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