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All Forests Monitoring

In 2002, the Forestry Commission developed a visitor monitoring system to provide more accurate estimates of the number of visits to FC woodland, whilst continuing to gather information regarding the profile of visitors to the whole of the Commission estate. Visitors were surveyed and counted at all types of woodland, rather than concentrating on our main sites. The All Forests Monitoring system was adopted in Wales and Scotland, with surveying starting in 2004.


All Forests Survey 2 (AFS2)

The latest All Forests Survey was undertaken from October 2012 to November 2013, using an updated methodology that made more use of automatic vehicle and trail counters.

All Forests Survey 1 (AFS1)

The first All Forests Survey was carried out over 3 years, from 2004 to 2007, with five Forest Districts (in existence at the start of the fieldwork) surveyed each year.  The following outputs are available: 

  • Final report, covering all 3 years;
  • Year 1 report, covering Buchan, Galloway, Lochaber, Scottish Borders and West Argyll;
  • Year 2 report, covering Dornoch, Lorne, Moray, Scottish Lowlands and Tay;
  • Year 3 report, covering Ae, Cowal & Trossachs, Fort Augustus, Inverness and Kincardine.

An addendum to the Year 1 report explains why and how revisions have been made to the estimated annual number of visits to Glentress in the Scottish Borders.



The survey covered all four Forest Districts in Wales, over the period January 2004 to January 2005.

Wales 2004 - report published August 2005.

Last updated: 2nd February 2016