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Moors project is counting on you

This is an archived press release

Thursday 26 August 2004

26 August 2004

Moors project is counting on you

Issued on behalf of the Moors for the Future Partnership

Visitor surveys that will contribute to the vital work of the Moors for the Future partnership - one of the country's largest conservation projects - is now underway at access points to the moorlands of the Peak District.

Catherine Flitcroft, Moors for the Future Research Manager, explained: "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."

Fourteen key access points across the moorland areas have been identified as ideal locations to gather the information (see table in notes to editors). The survey consists of a small face to face questionnaire and a more detailed post back questionnaire for which there are £50 prize draw incentives on offer.

The first phase of surveys took place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August and Wednesday 25 August. In total 27 surveyors have been employed to carry out the first surveys, who have had training by the Park and Moors for the Future in carrying out surveys and approaching the public.

Further surveys are planned in January & March 2005 to catch visitors at different periods of the year and the survey will be repeated in full from August 2005, January & March 2006.

We will also be installing 8 new pedestrian counters and place these at access points across the moorland areas. In conjunction with the Peak District National Park Authority and other partners, a number of currently unrepresented locations have been identified. All of the landowners have been contacted and are supportive of their installation.

To find out how the survey is progressing visit the website www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk for regular updates. The survey results will be presented in a full report.

For more information about the 2004 Visitor Surveys contact the Research Manager, Catherine Flitcroft, by email on catherine.flitcroft@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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