Hill farming, with the problems (and sometimes solutions) associated with it, is a popular topic for exam questions. This exercise will help you with the general factors affecting hill farming in the United Kingdom and will also touch on some of the ways farmers have diversified to try to make a living.
Look at the diagram of an upland mixed farm in Scotland. Then read the typical exam question.
a) Describe the problems facing farmers in areas such as that shown in the diagram.
b) How could farmers increase their income in an area like this? Give three different solutions.
This revision bite should help you answer exam questions like this one.
Farmers in upland/hill areas face particular problems linked to physical and human factors.
The diagram above represents a typical hill farm with three distinct zones:
Below are the types of physical issues a farm like this could experience. Each point relates to the corresponding number on the map.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.