Prof Davy McCracken

Head of Hill & Mountain Research Centre, 

United Kingdom

PhDs supervised to completion
United Kingdom

Research Focus

I joined SRUC 26 years ago and have been Head of SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre, at Kirkton & Auchtertyre farms near Crianlarich, since 2013 and Head of SRUC’s wider Integrated Land Management Department since 2019. The Centre is seeking to ensure that the farms provide a platform for upland agricultural, environmental and – increasingly – agro-forestry research and demonstration. I study farming and wildlife interactions and have been working on agricultural and agri-environmental policy at a national and international level for over 30 years. I was one of the founders of the High Nature Value farming concept and much of my research over the years has been into the challenges and opportunities facing High Nature Value farming systems across Europe

Research Groups

  • Hill & Mountain Research Centre
  • Scottish Chough Study Group


  • BBSRC Food Systems Resilience (2017-2021). The role of livestock in food system resilience in remote, upland regions (RESULTS)
  • Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme (2016-2021). Assessing the supply and flow of ecosystem services and biodiversity from semi-natural habitats in upland areas under different management


  • Head of Hill & Mountain Research Centre
  • Head of Integrated Land Management Department

Global goals

Target 13.2
Target 15.4
Target 15.5
Target 15.9


  • United Kingdom

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