John Gorst is the Biodiversity Officer for United Utilities, in the Northwest of England.

United Utilities manages a number of reservoirs and rivers, including Haweswater and Thirlmere Reservoirs, which provide 35% of the drinking water consumed in the northwest of England – close to 3 million people every day.

Water is a brilliant barometer of change, and it’s a fantastic, powerful tool for delivering good landscape management from a biodiversity point of view.

I think hill farming has to produce biodiversity gain, which it can do if it’s done sensibly and sustainably.

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