This is an archived press release
Monday 27 June 2005
27 June 2005
Moors Project is counting on you
The second phase of 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. 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 in 2004 and these will be repeated at three times this year beginning with a survey during the 'peak' season on Saturday 23 July, Sunday 24 July and mid-week on Wednesday 27 July. In total over 20 surveyors will be employed to carry out the surveys, who have had training by the National Park Authority and Moors for the Future in carrying out surveys and approaching the public.
Further surveys are planned in September and December 2005 to catch visitors at different periods of the year. The results of all the surveys over the past two years will form part of a large report into visitor recreation use of the moorland areas and visitor attitude towards the problems and positives experienced across the moorlands. The latter in particular, will help inform the Moors for the Future team as to the types of visitor information that could be improved.
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 2005 Visitor Surveys contact the Research Manager, Catherine Flitcroft, by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued on behalf of the Moors for the Future Project