Davy McCracken

Prof

  • Auchincruive Estate, SAC Consulting, JF Niven Building

    KA6 5HW Ayr

    United Kingdom

1992 …2022
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Research Output 1992 2019

2019

Back to the future: rethinking the socioecological systems underlying high nature value farmlands

Lomba, Â., Moreira, F., Klimek, S., Jongman, R., Sullivan, C., Moran, J., Poux, X., Honrado, JP., Pinto-Correia, T., Plieninger, T. & McCracken, DI., 15 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

farmland values
agricultural land
farming systems
farming system
low input agriculture
9 Downloads (Pure)

Evaluating the efficacy of independent versus simultaneous management strategies to address ecological and genetic threats to population viability

Trask, A., Fenn, S., Bignal, E., McCracken, DI., Monaghan, P. & Reid, J., Oct 2019, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 56, 10, p. 2264-2273 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
viability
inbreeding
translocation
inbreeding depression
conservation management

Performance, longevity and financial impacts of removing productive ewes early from mountain flocks

Wishart, HM., Morgan-Davies, C., Waterhouse, A. & McCracken, DI., 2019, Book of Abstracts of the 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science. S. C. (ed.). Wageningen Academic Publishers, Vol. 25. p. 428 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

economic impact
ewes
flocks
mountains
culling (animals)

Potential of Precision Livestock Farming in small ruminant farming systems

Morgan-Davies, C., Gautier, J-M., Gonzalez-Garcia, E., Halachmi, I., Caja, G., Grova, L., Molle, G., Kenyon, F., Lagriffoul, G., Schmoelzl, S., Wishart, HM., Waterhouse, A. & McCracken, DI., 2019, Book of Abstract of the 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science. S. C. (ed.). Wageningen Academic Publishers, Vol. 25. p. 132 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

precision agriculture
small ruminants
farming systems
monitoring
labor

Understanding farmer uptake of measures that support biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

Brown, C., Kovacs, E., Zinngrebe, Y., Albizua, A., Galanaki, A., Grammatikopoulou, I., Herzon, I., Marquardt, D., McCracken, DI., Olsson, J. & Villamayor-Tomas, S., 3 Jul 2019, Wallingford, UK: EKLIPSE Expert Working Group. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. 60 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
Common Agricultural Policy
ecosystem service
biodiversity
European Union
food
2018

After Brexit: 10 key questions for rural policy in Scotland

Atterton, J., Copus, A., Glass, J., Liddon, A., De Lima, P., McCracken, D., Moxey, A., Philip, L., Shortall, S. & Shucksmith, M., Jan 2018, Newcastle.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
referendum
rural community
EU
agriculture
economy
stakeholder
policy
consultation
quality assurance
timescale
2017
5 Citations (Scopus)

Estimating demographic contributions to effective population size in an age-structured wild population experiencing environmental and demographic stochasticity

Trask, AE., Bignal, EM., McCracken, DI., Piertney, SB. & Reid, JM., 3 Jul 2017, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 86, 5, p. 1082 - 1093 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
effective population size
stochasticity
wild population
viability
inbreeding

Evaluating precision management of sheep in a hill farming system

Morgan-Davies, C., Lambe, NR., Waterhouse, A., Kenyon, F., McBean, D., Wishart, H., McLaren, A. & McCracken, DI., Jul 2017, p. 892. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

10 Citations (Scopus)
29 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
pollinating insects
habitats
Syrphidae
Bombus
butterflies
8 Citations (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

Impacts of using a precision livestock system targeted approach in mountain sheep flocks

Morgan-Davies, C., Lambe, NR., Wishart, H., Waterhouse, A., Kenyon, F., McBean, D. & McCracken, DI., 5 Dec 2017, In : Livestock Science. 208, p. 67 - 76 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
precision agriculture
ewes
flocks
livestock
mountains

The application of a weight-based targeted selective wormer treatment (TST) strategy on hill and upland sheep flocks

Kenyon, F., Morgan-Davies, C., Lambe, NR., Wishart, H., Waterhouse, A., McBean, D. & McCracken, DI., Jul 2017, p. 891. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

2016

Ecosystem service indicators for grasslands in relation to ecoclimatic regions and land-use systems

Plantureux, S., A, B., Elie-Huguenin, O., Hovstad, K., Isselstein, J., McCracken, DI., Therond, O. & Vackar, D., Sep 2016, p. 524 - 547. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

10 Citations (Scopus)

Evidence of the phenotypic expression of a lethal recessive allele under inbreeding in a wild population of conservation concern

Trask, AE., Bignal, EM., McCracken, DI., Monaghan, P., Piertney, SB. & Reid, JM., 21 Mar 2016, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 85, 4, p. 879 - 891 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
lethal genes
inbreeding
alleles
blindness
viability
17 Citations (Scopus)

Making the best of both worlds: Can high-resolution agricultural administrative data support the assessment of High Nature Value farmlands across Europe?

Lomba, A., Strohbach, M., Jerrentrup, JS., Dauber, J., Klimek, S. & McCracken, DI., 13 Aug 2016, In : Ecological Indicators. 72, p. 118 - 130 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
agricultural land
control system
farming system
Common Agricultural Policy
European Union
1 Citation (Scopus)

Restocking extensive mountain areas with young ewes - does origin matter?

Morgan-Davies, C., Morgan-Davies, J., Beaton, I., Kyle, J., Waterhouse, A. & McCracken, DI., 2016, In : Small Ruminant Research. 137, p. 99 - 108

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
ewes
flocks
mountains
grazing
animals
11 Citations (Scopus)

The co-benefits of biodiversity conservation programmes on wider ecosystem services

Austin, Z., McVittie, A., McCracken, DI., Moxey, A., Moran, D. & White, PCL., 29 Jun 2016, In : Ecosystem Services. 20, p. 37 - 43 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
ecosystem service
biodiversity
conservation management
species conservation
land management
2015
9 Downloads (Pure)

EID and other technological advances in small ruminant research

Morgan-Davies, C., Wishart, H., Lambe, NR., Kenyon, F., McBean, D., Waterhouse, A. & McCracken, DI., 2015, In : International Animal Health Journal. 2, 4, p. 64 - 67 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
electronic identification
small ruminants
farmers
animal identification
traceability
1 Citation (Scopus)

Estimating the costs and benefits of adapting agriculture to climate change

Wreford, A., Moran, D., Moxey, A., Evans, KA., Fox, NJ., Glenk, K., Hutchings, MR., McCracken, DI., McVittie, A., Mitchell, MA., Topp, CFE. & Wall, E., 2015, In : EuroChoices. 14, 2, p. 16 - 23 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

climate effect
climate change
agriculture
food
ecosystem
7 Citations (Scopus)

Integrating quantitative and qualitative data in assessing the cost-effectiveness of biodiversity conservation programmes

Austin, Z., McVittie, A., McCracken, DI., Moxey, A., Moran, D. & White, PCL., 2015, In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 24, 6, p. 1359 - 1375 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
biodiversity
cost
rural development
programme
monitoring
25 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
nature conservation
agricultural land
rural policy
rural development
farming system
20 Citations (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

Riparian buffer strips: their role in the conservation of insect pollinators in intensive grassland systems

Cole, LJ., Brocklehurst, S., Robertson, D., Harrison, W. & McCracken, DI., 2015, In : Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 211, p. 207 - 220 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
riparian buffers
pollinating insects
grasslands
conservation buffers
butterflies
16 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
Araneae
grazing
vegetation
stocking rate
sheep
2014

Evaluating insect pollinator habitat preference in an intensive grassland landscape

Cole, LJ., Robertson, D., Duncan, A., Harrison, W. & McCracken, DI., Apr 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

101 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Improving the science-policy dialogue to meet the challenges of biodiversity conservation: having conversations rather than talking at one-another

Young, JC., Waylen, KA., Sarkii, S., Albon, S., Bainbridge, I., Balian, E., Davidson, J., Edwards, D., Fairley, R., Margerison, C., McCracken, DI., Owen, R., Quine, C., Stewart-Roper, C., Thompson, D., Tinch, R., van den Hove, S. & Watt, A., 2014, In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 23, 2, p. 387 - 404 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
biodiversity
communication
policy development
incentive
policy
57 Citations (Scopus)

Mapping and monitoring High Nature Value farmlands: challenges in European landscapes

Lomba, A., Guerra, C., Alonso, J., Honrado, JP., Jongman, R. & McCracken, DI., 2014, In : Journal of Environmental Management. 143, p. 140 - 150 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

agricultural land
monitoring
biodiversity
rural landscape
rural development

Pollinators in intensive grassland systems: a landscape study

Cole, LJ., Robertson, D., Harrison, W. & McCracken, DI., Apr 2014, p. 154 - 155. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Riparian buffer strips: can they enhance pollinators in intensive grassland landscapes?

Cole, LJ., Brocklehurst, S., Robertson, D., Harrison, W. & McCracken, DI., Apr 2014, p. 156 - 157. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Safe guarding pollinator populations in an intensive grassland landscape

Cole, LJ., Harrison, B., Robertson, D. & McCracken, DI., 2014, In : The Glasgow Naturalist. 26, 1, p. 25 - 28 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

pollinating insects
grasslands
nectar
foraging
riparian buffers
2013
51 Citations (Scopus)

Delivering multiple ecosystem services from Enclosed Farmland in the UK

Firbank, L., Bradbury, RB., McCracken, DI. & Stoate, C., 15 Feb 2013, In : Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 166, p. 65 - 75 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ecosystem service
agricultural land
crop pest
agriculture
food production
175 Citations (Scopus)

Policy reform and land abandonment in the EU

Renwick, A., Jansson, T., Verburg, PH., Revoredo-Giha, C., Britz, W., Gocht, A. & McCracken, DI., 2013, In : Land Use Policy. 30, 1, p. 446 - 457 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abandonment
Policy reform
Farm
Agricultural policy
Livestock
2012

Approaches to monitoring HNV farming: EU framework and country examples

Peppiette, Z., Benzler, A., McCracken, DI., Beaufoy, G., Oppermann, R., Oppermann, R. (ed.), Beaufoy, G. (ed.) & Jones, G. (ed.), 2012, High Nature Value Farming Systems in Europe. 35 European Countries: Experiences and Perspectives. Oppermann, R., Beaufoy, G. & Jones, G. (eds.). Ubstadt-Weiher, Germany: Verlag Regionalkultur, p. 502 - 516 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

16 Citations (Scopus)

Improving the farmland biodiversity value of riparian buffer strips: conflicts and compromises

McCracken, DI., Cole, LJ., Harrison, W. & Robertson, D., 2012, In : Journal of Environmental Quality. 41, 2, p. 355 - 363 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

riparian buffers
agricultural land
invertebrates
biodiversity
livestock
12 Citations (Scopus)
field margin
beetle
grassland
biodiversity
agricultural intensification
8 Citations (Scopus)

Riparian field margins: their potential to enhance biodiversity in intensively managed grasslands

Cole, LJ., Brocklehurst, S., McCracken, DI., Harrison, W. & Robertson, D., 2012, In : Insect Conservation and Diversity. 5, p. 86 - 94 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fences
edge effects
grasslands
invertebrates
biodiversity
2011
14 Citations (Scopus)

Diagnosing the timing of demographic bottlenecks: sub-adult survival in red-billed choughs

Reid, JM., Bignal, EM., Bignal, S., Bogdanova, MI., Monaghan, P. & McCracken, DI., 2011, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 48, 3, p. 797 - 805 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

population growth
demographic statistics
foraging
Scotland
managers

Halting farmland biodiversity declines: a way forward

McCracken, DI., Midgley, A., Marrs, SJ. (ed.), Foster, S. (ed.), Hendrie, C. (ed.), Mackey, EC. (ed.) & Thompson, DBA. (ed.), 2011, The Changing Nature of Scotland. Marrs, SJ., Foster, S., Hendrie, C., Mackey, EC. & Thompson, DBA. (eds.). Edinburgh, UK: The Stationery Office, p. 299 - 314 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2010
24 Citations (Scopus)

Field-scale dispersal of Aphodius dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in response to avermectin treatments on pastured cattle

Webb, L., Nager, RG., Beaumont, DJ. & McCracken, DI., 2010, In : Bulletin of Entomological Research. 100, 2, p. 175 - 183 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Aphodius
avermectins
dung beetles
Scarabaeidae
Coleoptera

Long and short-distance transhumant pastoralism in Romania: past and present drivers of change

Huband, S., McCracken, DI. & Mertens, A., 2010, In : Pastoralism: Research,Policy and Practice. 1, p. 55 - 71 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
transhumance
pastoralism
Romania
grasslands
pastures
45 Citations (Scopus)

Parent age, lifespan and offspring survival: structured variation in life history in a wild population

Reid, JM., Bignal, EM., Bignal, S., McCracken, DI., Bogdanova, MI. & Monaghan, P., 2010, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 79, 4, p. 851 - 862 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

life history
environmental factors
breeding
reproductive success
Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

The biodiversity potential of riparian margins in intensively managed grasslands

Cole, LJ., McCracken, DI., Robertson, D., Harrison, W., Runas, J. (ed.) & Dahlgren, T. (ed.), 2010, Grassland Biodiversity - Habitat Types, Ecological Processes and Environmental Impacts. Runas, J. & Dahlgren, T. (eds.). Hauppauge, USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

80 Citations (Scopus)

The emergence of biodiversity conflicts from biodiversity impacts: characteristics and management strategies

Young, JC., Marzano, M., White, RM., McCracken, DI., Redpath, SM., Carss, DN., Quine, CP. & Watt, AD., 2010, In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 19, p. 3973 - 3990 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
23 Citations (Scopus)
highlands
grasslands
invertebrates
arthropods
habitats
2008
18 Citations (Scopus)

Investigating patterns and processes of demographic variation: environmental correlates of pre-breeding survival in red-billed choughs Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Reid, JM., Bignal, EM., Bignal, S., McCracken, DI., Bogdanova, MI. & Monaghan, P., 2008, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 77, p. 777 - 788 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

88 Citations (Scopus)

The effects of livestock grazing on foliar arthropods associated with bird diet in upland grasslands of Scotland

Dennis, P., Skartveit, J., McCracken, DI., Pakeman, RJ., Beaton, K., Kunaver, A. & Evans, DM., 2008, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 45, p. 279 - 287 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

14 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
buffer zone
beetle
grassland
riparian zone
biodiversity
2007
14 Citations (Scopus)

Factors affecting cultural landscapes: an overview

Dannebeck, S., Hoppe, A., Kuster, H., McCracken, DI., Kryzwinksi, K. (ed.), O'Connell, M. (ed.) & Kuster, H. (ed.), 2007, Cultural landscapes in Europe: fields of Demeter, haunts of PAN. Kryzwinksi, K., O'Connell, M. & Kuster, H. (eds.). Delmenhorst, Germany: Aschenbeck & Holstein, p. 47 - 54 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter