Countryside Recreation and Access Projects
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World Heritage Site
A visitor management and recreational carrying
capacity study with Team Tourism Consultants
for the London Development Agency, Bromley
Borough Council and English Heritage. The
study introduced a recreational carrying
capacity methodology and monitoring programme
and made a range of suggestions regarding
visitor and traffic management.
Natural Assets of the North West
A plan to better present the natural
assets of the North West of England for
the NWDA (prepared with Team Tourism).
An audit of the natural assets was prepared
in map and tabular form. The aim of the
study was to better utilise the strategic
appeal of the natural assets for tourism
and general image enhancement.
A study, with Peter Scott Planning Services,
for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.
The study identified and costed a number of
specific projects. The study was designed
to encourage the joint working of a group
of organisations concerned with education
and interpretation in the area around Malham
and Malham Tarn.
A section of a report on Sustainable Tourism
was written for the English Tourism Council
on the application of the carrying capacity
concept to heavily visited urban and rural
sites. The methodology recommended in the
advice note involved consensus building and
regular monitoring of indicators.
NNR Visitor Management Issues
A short assessment of the recreational carrying
capacity of the National Nature Reserve for
English Nature, including recommending acceptable
visitor numbers and methods for monitoring
visitors and their impacts.
Carrying Capacity Estimates for the Arnside-Silverdale
The development of a methodology to help estimate
the capacity of the AONB to cope with visitors.
This research was related to the production
of the AONB Management Plan in 2003.
We devised a monitoring system to record the
impact of visitors to the Giant's Causeway
in County Antrim, for the National Trust and
have acted as rapporteur at a conference organised
by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to discuss
the production of a management plan for the
site. We produced a summary report of the
conference for distribution to the delegates.
We were retained on an annual contract to
assist Lincolnshire County Council with the
interpretation, sustainable recreation and
tourism development and the promotion of the
little known Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty. An interpretation strategy
was published in 2002.
and Ingersley Vale Countryside and Heritage
I have initiated and chair a partnership project
with local authorities, parish councils and
the local Groundwork Trust to better manage,
interpret and provide access to a special
area of countryside and industrial heritage
interest near Macclesfield in Cheshire. The
project has been awarded a Local Heritage
A study with David Masters and Peter Scott
Planning Services for Scottish Natural Heritage.
The study recommended an approach to establishing
a site management system for countryside sites
throughout Scotland aimed to balance visitor
numbers with environmental factors. The methodology
is being piloted at a number of trial sites.
Atlantic Coast and Valleys Project
An appraisal of the physical and intellectual
access issues along a 60-mile stretch of coastline
in North Cornwall and Devon, as part of a
Heritage Lottery Fund bid, by the local authority
and partners, to enhance the ecology and landscape
of the coastal strip.