This project focuses on understanding the outdoor recreational benefits resulting from public access to the Plymouth area.
The Outdoor Recreation Valuation (ORVal) model, developed by the LEEP Institute at the University of Exeter, will be used to understand the levels and values of day visits to accessible greenspace, coastal paths and beaches.
The project will then use case studies of future scenarios to understand how recreational value changes with for example changes in available access points or population size. The information from the model can be broken down by socio-economic group to better understand issues regarding social inequality in outdoor recreational opportunities.
In addition to exploring recreational patterns in the Plymouth area, this project will use some of the approaches employed in the Dartmoor and Exmoor Natural Capital project to better understand the potential impacts of recreational activities on a range of wildlife.
Martin is a Marine Ecologist interested in the links between marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and human activity. Within SWEEP, he coordinates the University of Plymouth input, as well as being actively involved in projects associated with Marine Ecosystem Services, particularly Marine Protected Areas.
Michela is a postdoctoral researcher in environmental economics. She joined the team at the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) at the University of Exeter in January 2018, after working as a postdoctoral researcher in environmental economics at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen. Michela’s research is focused on the economic valuation of the benefits that people obtain from the environment. Working across several SWEEP projects, Michela will use economic valuation to inform the development of natural capital accounts in the South West. She will also investigate ways of improving the design of payment for ecosystem services for farmers such that society gets more benefits from a better managed environment.
Siân is a Senior Research Fellow based at the University of Plymouth’s Marine Institute who brings over 14 years of experience in marine conservation, marine management and policy to the SWEEP team. Siân has a strong track record in utilising social science research methods to inform ecosystem-based management and the implementation of Natural Capital approaches. Siân has worked in an advisory capacity for UK Government, the European Commission and the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Sara is an Impact Fellow for SWEEP 004, working on natural capital approaches in Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. She is a biologist with a background in ecology and ornithology. Sara has been based at the University of Exeter since 2013, where she previously carried out research on Dartmoor’s moorland birds.