Forestry Statistics 2010 - Recreation

Number of visits

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In 2009 an estimated 57 million recreation visits were made by Scottish residents to woodland in Scotland, either as the main destination of a visit or as part of another visit to the outdoors. Of these visits, 18 million were to Forestry Commission woodland. Both figures represent significant decreases from earlier years.

Table 6.3 Estimated number of visits taken to woodlands for recreation in Scotland, 2006-2009
Year

FC woodland

Other woodland/
don't know owner

Total woodland 

 

All visits

Of which main destination

All visits

Of which main destination

All visits

Of which main destination

millions of visits

2006

  34.4

27.3

42.7

27.4

75.9

54.7

2007

28.7

21.9

45.5

31.8

71.9

53.7

2008

25.0

18.5

39.0

24.7

62.2

43.2

2009

18.1

13.0

39.8

23.7

 56.5

36.7

Not National Statistics.

Source: Scottish Recreation Survey, carried out by TNS Travel & Tourism, for Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Notes:

1. 'All visits are visits that include woodland; it may not have been the main destination. Some visits include both FC and other woodland, so 'all visits' for total woodland are less than the sum of the two categories.

2. Figures for 2006 to 2008 have been revised, to calculate the woodland visit numbers using unrounded weighted data, rather than rounded percentages of weighted data.

3. All results are subject to the effects of chance in sampling, so a range of uncertainty (confidence interval) should be associated with any result from the survey. The confidence intervals take into account the effect of clustering, weighting and stratification in the survey design. For example, the range of uncertainty around the 62 million visits in 2008 result should be no more than +/-14%, i.e. the true figure is likely to be between around 55 and 69million.

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