Forestry Statistics 2009 - Recreation

Visits to woodland - household surveys

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The information shown below in Table 6.1 has been obtained from the following general population household surveys.

  • UK Day Visits Surveys (1994,1996, 1998)
  • GB Day Visits Survey (2002/3) 
  • Scottish Recreation Survey (2003 onwards)
  • England Leisure Visits Survey (2005)

It is likely that differences in survey design and methodology have contributed to a considerable proportion of the differences in results between these surveys. As the scope of the surveys has evolved over time, the figures in Table 6.1 should not be interpreted as time trends but instead as separate breakdowns for each survey.  

In common with all sample based surveys, the results from each survey are subject to the effects of chance, depending on the particular survey method used and the sample acheived, thus confidence limits apply to all results from these surveys. For example, the range of uncertainty around the estimated 62 million visits to woodland in Scotland (by Scottish residents) in 2008, should be no more than around +/-14%, i.e. the true figure is likely to be between around 55 and 69 million.

Table 6.1 Number of visits to woodland
YearJourney starting point

England

  Wales

Scotland

        GB

million visits

1994

273

12

18

303

1996

308

11

26

346

1998

321

11

22

355

2002/3

222

12

18

252

2004

..

..

70

..

2005

170

..

62

..

2006

..

..

76

..

2007

....72..

2008

....62..

Not National Statistics.

Source: 1994, 1996, 1998: UK Day Visit Surveys, carried out by National Centre for Social Research (not available online); 2002/3: GB Day Visits Survey, carried out by TNS Travel & Tourism; England 2005: England Leisure Visits Survey (ELVS), carried out by Research International; Scotland from 2004: Scottish Recreation Survey, carried out by TNS Travel & Tourism.

Notes:

1. The UK and GB Day Visits Surveys collected data about day trips from home; the 1994, 1996 and 1998 surveys covered calendar years, while the 2002/3 survey was conducted over a 12-month period starting in March 2002. Despite the name of the early UK surveys, they did not cover visits by people living in Northern Ireland.

2. ELVS included trips taken in England by repondents living in England, from February 2005 to February 2006.

3. The Scottish Recreation Survey, which commenced in July 2003 (and is scheduled to continue until 2013), collects information on visits to the outdoors for leisure and recreation in Scotland by people living in Scotland.

4. In each survey, visits to overseas destinations are excluded.

.. denotes data not available.

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