Has a farmer breached EIA rules by removing dry stone walls?

Perhaps unlikely reservoirs of wildlife diversity, dry stone walls – known as drystane dykes in Scotland – are especially prominent landscape features in the uplands of England, Wales and Scotland, as well as some lowland areas such as the Cotswolds. There are an estimated 80,000-112,500km of these walls in England alone, equivalent to 10% of all field boundaries.

by James Fair
Dry stone walls have environmental as well as cultural value. Photograph: Peter Ribbeck/Getty Images
Dry stone walls have environmental as well as cultural value. Photograph: Peter Ribbeck/Getty Images

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