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Community & participation

Outdoor visits and engagement with nature during the Coronavirus lockdown

Overview

Organisation:
Scottish Natural Heritage

Media type:
Research

Topic:
Community & participation

Setting:
Employees / workplace, Community, Families / residential, Individuals, Town centres / Urban, Pupils & students / education, Leisure & recreation / tourism, Countryside / Rural

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Outdoor visit behaviourand engagement with nature in Scotland during the Coronaviruslockdown
Research to determine the impacts of coronavirus and social distancing on outdoor visits and contact with nature. Survey by 56 Degree Insight for SNH with Paths for All and Forestry Scotland.

Key statistics

34%
of the population visited the outdoors daily during lockdown
19%
of the population never visited the outdoors during lockdown
71%
of the population visited the outdoors at least once a week during lockdown
43%
of the population decreased time outside during lockdown
Half
of the population expect to take more visits to the outdoors after lockdown than before the crisis
63%
agreed that they would continue to travel less for non essential journeys
The survey revealed that most people changed the amount of time they spent outdoors during this initial lockdown period. While some reduced their time outside to shield from the virus, others increased their engagement with nature as they sought to obtain health and wellbeing benefits. For many,these experiences have sparked a desire to continue to make more of local greenspaces and spend more time outdoors in future.
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