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Towards Responsible use: Influencing Recreational Behaviour in the Countryside

How do you encourage visitors to your site to behave differently? This is a question many site managers will have to ponder over when faced with unacceptable impacts by visitors, whether intentional or unintentional. This guide shows how to influence visitors' behaviour in the countryside and reduce their impact whilst encouraging a more responsible attitude. It shows both how to assess and tackle problems. 16 pages (Published 2004)

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Communication, not conflict: using communication to encourage considerate shared recreational use of the outdoors

This guide describes how communication techniques can be used to prevent or solve conflicts between groups of people using the outdoors for different recreational pursuits. It has been produced to assist people, such as rangers and land managers, to develop communication projects suited to their particular situation. The publication has been produced for Scottish Natural Heritage and sportscotland, based on the work of James Carter. 27 pages (Published 2004).

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Management for People

A publication for site managers operating in the countryside, this A4 ring binder contains helpful hints and illustrative case studies. This is a practical guide that will serve managers well with its systematic planning approach. This publication is available to download in pdf format but is also available to buy in a colourful ring binder format The loose-leaf format is intended to allow for future additions and revisions.

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Visitor Monitoring Manual

This Manual replaces the Visitor Monitoring Training Manual published by SNH in 1993. It is built on sound practical experience of undertaking monitoring programmes, good practice from around the UK and recent research on visitor monitoring.


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Managing access with dogs in protected areas to safeguard breeding birds

This guidance has been developed for protected area managers and access officers, and is intended to help integrate access with dogs with safeguarding protected breeding birds. Its primary focus is on nature reserves and other designated sites, but similar management needs may arise in some sensitive areas in the wider countryside. Many of these approaches are also relevant to wintering birds. 11 pages. Published 2013.

Planning for public access on golf courses - quick guide to access rights and responsibilities

A summary of access rights and responsibilities for the general public and land managers on golf courses.

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A technical guide to the design and construction of lowland recreation routes

This handbook provides practical advice on the construction of recreation routes on low ground in the countryside, The term recreation routes is used because these paths are not just for walking, but also for off road cycling and riding where this is feasible.

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Upland Path Management: Standards for delivering path projects in Scotland's mountains

UPAG publications: This manual covers the process for developing an upland path proposal, through project delivery to closure and aftercare. It has been designed for use by all involved in upland path management. Although designed for management in the uplands, many of the principles also apply to lowland paths.

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Upland Pathwork: Construction standards for Scotland

UPAG publications: This manual provides guidance on pathwork techniques and how the basic principles of upland path management should be used. It has been designed for all those involved in upland pathwork with the overall aim of achieving high quality management and the sustainable use of upland paths, and in so doing to protect the exceptional scenic quality of the Scottish mountains.

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Path Benefits Toolkit

The Path Benefits Toolkit is designed as a resource to enable you to find out about Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits of path networks. It provides practical guidance on what data you need to collect and how to organise the collection of responses from users of the path network. Tools have also been provided to make analysis of your data as easy as possible.