Fieldwork for the "Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment" (MENE) started in March 2009, collecting information on visits to the outdoors in England. The survey is commissioned by Natural England with support from Defra and the Forestry Commission. Further information is available at www.gov.uk/government/collections/monitor-of-engagement-with-the-natural-environment-survey-purpose-and-results.
Scotland’s People and Nature Survey (SPANS), commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) with support from Forestry Commission Scotland, the national parks and Greenspace Scotland ran for the first time in 2013/14. The survey replaces the Scottish Recreation Survey, which ran annually from 2003 to 2012.
Reports (including technical reports) for Scotland’s People and Nature Survey and for the Scottish Recreation Survey are available at www.nature.scot/professional-advice/land-and-sea-management/managing-access-and-recreation/increasing-participation/measuring-participation.
Household surveys of outdoor recreation in Wales since 2014 are run by Natural Resources Wales/ Welsh Government. Information on these surveys is available at naturalresources.wales/evidence-and-data/research-and-reports/national-survey-for-wales/?lang=en.
Earlier surveys (in 2008 and 2011) were commissioned by a partnership of the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and Forestry Commission Wales (FCW), both now part of Natural Resources Wales.
The Welsh Outdoor Recreation Surveys (WORS) in 2008 and 2011 asked residents of Wales about their use of the outdoors, places visited, including woodlands, motivations for using the outdoors, barriers to visiting the outdoors and the ‘latent demand’ for outdoor recreation.
Results for 2011 are available at Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2011 along with more detailed tables.
Headline results and data tables from the 2008 survey are available at Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2008.
Day Visits Surveys were carried out in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2002-03, for a consortium of government departments and agencies interested in tourism and recreation. The surveys provided estimates of the total number of leisure day visits from home to towns, countryside and seaside in Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales). They also gave the demographic profile of visitors and attributes of the visits such as duration and distance.
Each year we run the following statistical surveys of the UK timber industry:
For more information on these surveys, please follow the links above.
Summary reviews are undertaken each year for our regular surveys. These consist of:
- Establishing the continuing need for the survey;
- Reviewing the questionnaire to be used; and
- Updating the distribution list of businesses to be approached.
Full reviews of annual surveys are undertaken every 5 years. These are more detailed than the summary reviews.
There is a parallel process for methodology and outputs reviews.
Removals Survey Review 2015
In 2015, the survey of the UK Private Sector Softwood Removals Companies was reviewed. The findings and action plan can be found in this report.
Pellet Survey Review 2014
In 2014, the Survey of UK Pellet and Briquette Manufacturers was reviewed. The findings and action plan can be found in this report.
Fencing Survey Review 2013
In 2013, the Survey of Round Fencing Manufacturers was reviewed. The findings and action plan can be found in this report.
Sawmill Survey Review 2012
In 2012, the Sawmill Survey (detailed and short questionnaires) was reviewed. The findings and action plan can be found in this report.
All parts of the Forestry Commission follow survey control procedures, which provide a mechanism for controlling the burden of surveys on businesses and local authorities. Application of these procedures in the Forestry Commission is described in a guidance note.