Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey
The Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey (WORS) measures participation in outdoor recreation by adults living in Wales, including the associated health and economic benefits. It also covers public attitudes towards biodiversity, along with actions that people take to protect the environment.
The Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey (WORS) provides information on participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, from climbing to picnics, which take place in all areas from local parks to mountains and the sea. It also covers people’s attitudes towards biodiversity and details any actions they might have taken to help protect the environment.
It is the largest survey of public engagement with the environment by people living in Wales, with over 6000 people interviewed over a full 12 month period. It includes people from all ages and backgrounds, who live in both the countryside and in towns. Interviews are conducted on every day of the week, and all weeks of the year, so take account of any season differences in participation.
The survey provides detailed results on:
- overall levels of participation in informal outdoor recreation
- places visited on land and water
- types of activities
- levels of physical activity
- economic expenditure
- motivations for using the outdoors
- barriers to visiting the outdoors
- future demand for outdoor recreation
- attitudes towards biodiversity
- pro-environmental behaviours
The survey is undertaken every three years, starting in 2008 followed by 2011 and 2014.
The first results and data tables from the 2014 survey were published on 16 June 2015, with the Full Report and Technical Report published on 16 July 2015.
Additional reports and analysis will be published in 2016.
The Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey is classified as ‘Official Statistics’ (under the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007) and is required to comply with the Code of Practice. The Code covers a number of Principles and Protocols, including those relating to the release of statistics.
In complying with the Code of Practice, early access is allowed to a senior officials and ministers for the purposes of comment prior to public release. Pre-release access to the 2014 WORS data will be given to the following individuals:
- John Watkins: Head of Landscape and Outdoor Recreation, Welsh Government
- Catrin Dellar: Senior Access and Outdoor Recreation Officer, Welsh Government
- Emyr Roberts: Chief Executive, Natural Resources Wales
- Mike Evans: Head of Evidence, Knowledge and Advice, Natural Resources Wales
Publications: reports and data
- Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey - Key Facts for Policy and Practice 2016 This provides an overview of the main survey findings from 2014/2015, and includes participation in outdoor recreation, health and economic benefits, attitudes to biodiversity and pro-environmental behaviours
- Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2014 Full Report This publication is the main report from the 2014 Wales Outdoor Recreation Survey focussing on public engagement with the natural environment, including participation in outdoor recreation, health and economic benefits, attitudes to biodiversity and pro-environmental behaviours and showing statistically significant differences between the 2008, 2011 and 2014 results
- Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2014 Technical Report This publication is the Technical Report from the 2014 Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey commissioned by Natural Resources Wales, and accompanies the Full Report
- Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2014: First Release This report provides a summary of the headline results of the 2014 survey
- Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2014: Full Data Tables This publication provides the full data tables for the 2014 survey in pdf format
- Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2014: Comparison Data Tables These tables provide a comparison of the data from the 2014, 2011, and 2008 surveys
- Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey - Key Facts for Policy and Practice (2013) This provides an overview of the main survey findings, comparing the results from 2008 and 2011, along with key challenges and recommendations for increasing participation in outdoor recreation
- Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2014 Excel data: download raw data from the 2014 for Excel users
- Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2014 weighting and variable guide: provides information on how to run analysis using the Excel and SPSS raw data files
You may use and re-use the free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence
Previous reports and data
All publications from the 2008 and 2011 surveys (commissioned by the Countryside Council for Wales and Forestry Commission Wales) are available to downloaded from the archived CCW website. This includes Final Reports, full data tables, and Health and Physical Activity reports.