The project is a partnership of organisations involved in the management of the coast and countryside across South West Wales.The partnership seeks to assist in the sustainable management of the coastal area to the maximum benefit of all potential users by constructing a coherent picture of outdoor activity. This will aid in the development of a framework for future management in the region. For more detailed information please click here.

The main objectives for the project are:

  • To obtain a clear understanding of the key recreational activities within the study area
  • To determine the scale and distribution of key activities on a site by site basis
  • To ascertain actual and perceived negative impacts of activities on a site in terms of the environment, community and human safety and identify conflicts between users and user groups
  • To identify the greatest pressures on the resource including impacts on designated sites and protected species
  • To provide an indication of likely future trends
  • To identify opportunities for recreation

This will assist in:

  • development of long term strategies and planning
  • management of recreational activities so as to eliminate or prevent user conflicts between participants; between different activities; between recreational participants, local communities and business interests
  • spatial planning to  minimise or prevent conflicts between recreation, conservation features and socio-economic activities, planning for enhancement, development and marketing of coastal recreation development and management of infrastructure and facilities  relating to recreational activities

The Study Area
The project covers the coastal region of South West Wales to include Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port-Talbot and Bridgend. The study has been taken inland in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to assist with Recreation Management in the Park. The GIS mapping system and survey methods could easily replicated in other areas and regions.

Activities under study
A complete list of activities under study can be found on the GIS mapping system but range from beach activities and dog walking to surfing, coasteering and power boating. Further details about the project can be found using the menu above.