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Objective 6

Objective 6

Objective 6: Collate data and evidence to help inform the ongoing management of recreation.


New calculations suggest there were 15.2 million recreation and leisure day visits by 1.4 million people to the National Park in 2017 (12% up on 2004).

Footprint Ecology research and analysis for planning authorities (face to face interviews, telephone interviews and car park counts) was completed. This included a significant quantity of data and evidence to inform management of recreation by visitors and existing local people – as well as people moving into new development for which the research was commissioned.

The RSPB is developing a research base for young people within Franchises Lodge

Surveys of woodlark, curlew, lapwing and redshank were completed in 2019 and further surveys of ground nesting birds were done in 2020 and 2021 to detect any impacts of Covid-19.

An updated State of the Park Report was published to inform the Partnership Plan update.


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