This guidance document advises you, as a site manager, on how to better understand the type, scale and patterns of recreation on your site. It also helps you to identify changes in the natural environment that could be caused by such recreational uses.
Access and recreation can of course have a positive effect, e.g. by increasing public awareness of the need for conservation. However, such recreational uses can also have negative impacts on our countryside.
The actual impact of recreation on the natural heritage of your site is the result of several interacting factors, including visitor behaviour, the types of activity, the vulnerability of species and the weather. This guidance document will advise you on what to monitor (and why). It also suggests monitoring techniques and outlines how to plan monitoring actions.
Disclaimer: Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has changed its name to NatureScot as of the 24th August 2020.
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