• Kirkton Farm

    FK20 8RU Crianlarich

    United Kingdom


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Dr John Holland is an upland ecologist based at the SRUC Hill and Mountain Research Centre at Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farms, near Crianlarich in Perthshire.  He has always had an interest in ecology and natural history, particularly in mountain environments.  He went to Durham University where he gained a BSc (Honours) degree in Botany and Geography in 1989.  He then worked for a number of conservation and environmental organisations including English Nature and ADAS, before joining SAC (the former name of SRUC) in 1994.  He studied for his PhD on ‘Plant herbivore interactions within a complex mosaic of grassland, mire and montane communities’ at SAC and Glasgow University.

He is an active bird and plant recorder.  He is also a trustee of the Farm Woodland Forum (a charity whose objective is to advance public education in all aspects of the science and practice of farming with trees in the UK and elsewhere). 

Research interests

  • The impact of grazing on vegetation composition and structure.
  • The impact on biodiversity of declining livestock numbers in the hills and uplands.
  • Upland land-use management scenarios and their impacts on biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Grazing management on upland designated sites.
  • Ecosystem services in the hills and uplands.
  • The grazing behaviour of sheep and cattle on upland vegetation.
  • Sensor technology and Low Power Wide Area Networks.
  • Agroforestry and farm woodlands.

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Research Output

Beef Production in the Southwestern United States: Strategies toward Sustainability

Spiegal, S., Cibils, A., Bestelmeyer, B., Steiner, J. L., Estell, R., Archer, D., Auvermann, B., Bestelmeyer, S., Boucheron, L., Cao, H., Cox, A., Devlin, D., Duff, G., Ehlers, K., Elias, E., Gifford, C., Gonzalez, A., Holland, J., Jennings, J., Marshall, A. & 10 others, McCracken, D., McIntosh, M., Miller, R., Musumba, M., Paulin, R., Place, S., Redd, M., Rotz, A., Tolle, C. & Waterhouse, A., 19 Aug 2020, In : Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 4, 8 p., 114.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    Opportunities and challenges for real-time management (RTM) in extensive livestock systems

    Waterhouse, A., Holland, JP., McLaren, A., Arthur, R., Duthie, C-A., Kodam, S. & Wishart, HM., Aug 2019, Precision Livestock Farming '19. Proceedings of the European Conference in Precision Livestock Farming.. O'Brien, B., Hennessy, D. & Shalloo, L. (eds.). p. 20-26 7 p. 155

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

    Open Access
  • 65 Downloads (Pure)

    Photosensitisation of livestock grazing Narthecium ossifragum: current knowledge and future directions

    Pollock, ML., Wishart, H., Holland, JP., Malone, FE. & Waterhouse, A., 2015, In : Veterinary Journal. 206, 3, p. 275 - 283

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    15 Downloads (Pure)

    Characterisation of extensive beef cattle systems: disparities between opinions, practice and policy

    Morgan-Davies, J., Morgan-Davies, C., Pollock, ML., Holland, JP. & Waterhouse, A., 2014, In : Land Use Policy. 38, p. 707 - 718 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)