with special interest in the uplands of the UK
Simon Thorp & Associates provides advice about moorland and upland management. Learn more...
Simon Thorp was the Director of The Heather Trust until March 2018. He is continuing to work as a consultant and apply his experience in several roles. See the Current Activity page for details. Learn more...
There are a greater range of potentially-conflicting interests in the uplands of the UK than in any other area.
Simon Thorp & Associates promotes an integrated approach to management that seeks to build consensus amongst all those with an interest in the area. The value of the knowledge and experience provided by land managers must be considered alongside the evidence provided by science when making land management decisions or when forming government policy.
Many organisations and interest groups have a passing interest in the uplands, but this interest is usually confined to one aspect (birds, farming, peatland) or to one area or part of the UK.
The uplands are an important but very sensitive area, and they need knowledgeable, integrated management. Too often a single-issue approach is adopted to management and this can lead to significant unintended consequences.
There are many examples, such as: re-wilding increasing the risk of damage from wildfire, bad burning practices damaging peatland, access disturbing rare breeding birds, over- and undergrazing (by wild and domestic grazing animals) reducing the diversity of vegetation.
|Consultant to The Heather Trust||HT Website|
|Moorland Management Best Practice - Consultant|
for Scotland’s Moorland Forum
Including further development of The Muirburn Code
Muirburn Code website
|England & Wales Wildfire Forum (EWWF) - Chairman|
Liaising with government - Home Office, Defra, Cabinet Office
Chaired the UK Wildfire Conference in Cardiff in November 2019.
|Uplands Management Group - Chairman |
Producing moorland management guidance for practitioners. Recently published guidance about Wildfire Risk Assessment.
|Bracken Control Group - Coordinator |
Promotes bracken control by any means,
Applications for Emergency Authorisation for Asulam since 2013
|Graze the Moor Project - Project Manager|
Molland Moor, Exmoor
|GtM Final Report|