Bracken: a competitive stakeholder in the uplands.
The underutilisation of permanent grazing in the uplands, as a result of both policy and economics, is leading to invasion of this land by bracken which has the potential to render such land unrecoverable. Furthermore, bracken control in the British uplands continues to be misunderstood and poorly implemented in a large number of cases. These problems need to be addressed if the uplands are to make an effective contribution to future food production in the UK. The situation and related issues are discussed and solutions proposed.