Davy McCracken

Prof

  • Auchincruive Estate, SAC Consulting, JF Niven Building

    KA6 5HW Ayr

    United Kingdom

1992 …2022
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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

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viability
inbreeding
translocation
inbreeding depression
conservation management
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

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effective population size
stochasticity
wild population
viability
inbreeding
10 Citations (Scopus)
29 Downloads (Pure)
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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

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precision agriculture
ewes
flocks
livestock
mountains
2016
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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
1 Downloads (Pure)

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
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biodiversity
cost
rural development
programme
monitoring
25 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
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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
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riparian buffers
pollinating insects
grasslands
conservation buffers
butterflies
16 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
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Araneae
grazing
vegetation
stocking rate
sheep
2014
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

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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

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
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
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
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)
24 Citations (Scopus)

Grassland conservation headlands: their impact on invertebrate assemblages in intensively managed grassland

Cole, LJ., McCracken, DI., Baker, L. & Parish, D., 2007, In : Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 122, p. 252 - 258 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

46 Citations (Scopus)

Spatial variation in demography and population growth rate: the importance of natal location

Reid, JM., Bignal, EM., Bignal, S., McCracken, DI. & Monaghan, P., 2006, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 75, p. 1201 - 1211 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2005

Biodiversity in intensive grasslands: effect of management, improvement and challenges

Plantureux, S., Peeters, A. & McCracken, DI., 2005, In : Agronomy Research. 3, p. 153 - 164 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

51 Citations (Scopus)

Comparing the effects of farming practices on ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and spider (Araneae) assemblages of Scottish farmland

Cole, LJ., McCracken, DI., Downie, IS., Dennis, P., Foster, GN., Waterhouse, A., Murphy, KJ., Griffin, AL. & Kennedy, MP., 2005, In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 14, p. 441 - 460 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

184 Citations (Scopus)

Towards sustainable land use: identifying and managing the conflicts between human activities and biodiversity conservation in Europe

Young, J., Watt, A., Nowicki, P., Alard, D., Clitherowe, J., Henle, K., Johnson, R., Laczko, E., McCracken, DI., Matouch, S., Niemela, J. & Richards, C., 2005, In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 14, p. 1641 - 1661 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2004
40 Citations (Scopus)

Developing grassland conservation headlands: response of carabid assemblage to different cutting regimes in a silage field edge

Haysom, KA., McCracken, DI., Foster, GN. & Sotherton, NW., 2004, In : Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment. 102, p. 263 - 277 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

51 Citations (Scopus)

Identifying the demographic determinants of population growth rate: a case study of red-billed choughs Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Reid, JM., Bignal, EM., Bignal, S., McCracken, DI. & Monaghan, P., 2004, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 73, p. 777 - 788 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

63 Citations (Scopus)

Swards and structure: the interactions between farming practices and bird food resources in lowland grasslands

McCracken, DI. & Tallowin, JR., 2004, In : Ibis. 146, p. 108 - 114 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2003
165 Citations (Scopus)

Age-specific reproductive performance in red-billed choughs Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax: patterns and processes in a natural population

Reid, JM., Bignal, EM., Bignal, S., McCracken, DI. & Monaghan, P., 2003, In : Journal of Animal Science. 72, p. 765 - 776 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

124 Citations (Scopus)

Environmental variability, life-history covariation and cohort effects in the red-billed chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Reid, JM., Bignal, EM., Bignal, S., McCracken, DI. & Monaghan, P., 2003, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 72, p. 36 - 46 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

38 Citations (Scopus)

Prediction of plant diversity response to land use change on Scottish agricultural land

Wilson, WL., Abernethy, VJ., Murphy, KJ., Adam, A., McCracken, DI., Downie, IS., Foster, GN., Furness, RW., Waterhouse, A. & Ribera, I., 2003, In : Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment. 94, p. 249 - 263 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

30 Citations (Scopus)

The relationship between the classification of Scottish ground beetle assemblages (Coleoptera, Carabidae) and the national vegetation classification of British plant communities

Blake, S., McCracken, DI., Eyre, MD., Garside, A. & Foster, GN., 2003, In : Ecography. 26, p. 602 - 616 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2002
93 Citations (Scopus)

Relationships between agricultural management and ecological groups of ground beetles (Coleoptera:Carabidae) on Scottish farmland

Cole, LJ., McCracken, DI., Dennis, P., Downie, IS., Griffin, AL., Foster, GN., Murphy, KJ. & Waterhouse, A., 2002, In : Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 93, p. 323 - 336 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2001
38 Citations (Scopus)
2000
39 Citations (Scopus)

Modelling populations of Erigone atra and E. dentipalpis (Araneae: Linyphiidae) across an agricultural gradient in Scotland

Downie, IS., Ribera, I., McCracken, DI., Wilson, WL., Foster, GN., Waterhouse, A., Abernethy, VJ. & Murphy, KJ., 2000, In : Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 80, p. 15 - 28 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle