Peak Visitor Survey To Help Preserve Moors
A major survey by Moors for the Future aims to get a better idea of how people use the Peak District National Park in order to help preserve the moorland - so don't panic...
Posted: 1 September 2004
If you're out in the Peak District over the next six months,
there's a chance you'll be collared and interrogated over what the
heck you're doing there. Don't panic though, it's all part of a major
visitor survey by the Moors for the Future Partnership aimed at
helping to protect and enhance moorland areas.
Catherine Flitcroft, Moors for the Future Research Manager,
explain: "This unique visitor survey will record the nature of the
public's visit to the moors and their awareness of a range of
management issues. This valuable information will help advise on the
best ways to communicate with visitors and to help protect moorland
habitats and wildlife into the future."
The first phase of the survey took place in late August with more
questioning scheduled for January and March 2005 and complete repeat
in a year's time. The partnership has identified 14 key acess points
where visitors will both be asked questions on the spot and invited
to return a longer, post-back questionnaire with a 50 quid draw as an
'Me, I go walking in the Peak in the vague hope of winning
£50, ahem...' The partnership's also going to be installing
eight new pedestrian counters at key access points to measure the
volume of visitors. Should be interesting to see how many actually
get out into the hills, given that the Peak Park is famously one of
the most popular in the world with an estimated 22 million day visits
You can find out more about Moors for the Future and it's work in
preserving and restoring damaged moorland in the Peak - think last
year's fires on Bleaklow - at www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk.
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