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Annual Outdoor Visitor Survey

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DEFA - The Department of Exercise & Fresh Air seeks your feedback on visits to the Island’s Hills, Forests and Glens through its Annual Outdoor Visitor Survey.

Our Hills, Forests and Glens extend across more than 28,000 acres and include some of the Island’s most stunning scenery and special places which receive an estimated 850,000 visits per annum.

The Department is working to protect the Manx Countryside and its diverse range of landscapes whilst sensitively improving amenity and recreation for the benefit of the local community and tourists alike.

An opportunity exists to complete a questionnaire through Survey Monkey.  Hard copies of the survey will also be available at a variety of venues across the Island and face to face interviews will also be conducted by Forestry staff on site.

Your feedback is important in helping the Department plan future investment and the allocation of resources into amenity enhancements and access improvements. Last year’s feedback from 1,000 respondents confirmed how important our plantations are to ‘Improve physical health and mental well-being.’

The results from the 2019 Annual Outdoor Visitor Survey can be found in downloadable documents.

For further information please contact the Forestry, Amenity & Lands Directorate tel: +44 1624 695701 email: and follow us on Facebook

This is an annual survey which we hope you will contribute to each year. The first two years of the survey focussed on recreational use of the Island’s Manx National Glens and Forests/Plantations and this year the spotlight turns to the activity of mountain biking.

To take part in this year’s Mountain Biking Survey click on the link:

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