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Epping Forest Coursework

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Introduction

GEOGRAPHY COURSEWORK CARL RENDORA VISITOR IMPACT ON EPPING FOREST Contents Page 3 Introduction, Location & History Page 4 Map of Epping Page 5 Methodology Page 6 Methodology -&Questions I want to answer Page 7 Questions I want to answer (cont.) & Hypothesis Page 8 Data Limitations Page 9 Raw Data Page 10 Analysis and Data Presentation Page 11 Analysis and Data Presentation Page 12 Analysis and Data Presentation Page 13 Analysis and Data Presentation Page 16 Analysis and Data Presentation, Conclusion & Evaluation Visitor Impact on Epping Forest Introduction The purpose of this coursework is to find out about the impact which visitors have had on Epping Forest. Epping Forest has recreational, aesthetic and educational values, so is a perfect place for visitors. I feel that considerable damage has probably been caused to the environment due to the large number of visitors, and it is with this coursework where I will try to find out whether I am right. After analysis of my results I will also try to find ways in which any problems can be solved and bad situation can be improved. Aims: To find out: what attracts people to Epping Forest? ,what activities do people do in Epping Forest? ,what impact do visitors have on the environment? ,how well Epping Forest is being managed? The Location Epping Forest is located just north of London. It is the largest open space in the vicinity of London and Essex - in fact it is the largest open space near any capital city in the world that has never been ploughed or cultivated. The A104 a main road goes right through Epping Forest. The main road which goes away from Epping Forest is M11 from Woodford (page 2). You can also take the central line eastbound. As you can see from this map, you can get to Epping from main stations such as Liverpool Street, Stratford and Bank. ...read more.

Middle

0 0 0 Litter 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Moss 50 0 35 30 25 0 0 0 Sand spurry 0 6 0 0 0 0 15 0 Sorrel 0 45 20 10 30 0 0 0 Fine grass 34 10 40 10 10 0 6 0 Broad leaf grass 10 20 5 50.8 25 0 77 0 Bracken 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Bramble 1 0 0 0 0 100 0 100 Young Tree 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 100 100 95 100 101 100 100 100 100 Soil Compaction (kgf/cm2) 2.25 5 5 1.2 5 2 1.5 3 Tallest Plant (m) 0.21 0.1 0.01 0.001 0.0002 1.3 0.09 1.52 Trampling Scale 1 4 1 1 3 1 2 Figure 1.6 Figure 1.7 Using the data I collected I can now answer the questions which I put forward 'What attracts people to Epping Forest?' 'What activities do people do in Epping Forest?' 'What impact do visitors have on the environment?' 'How well is Epping Forest being managed?' The first two question 'What attracts people to Epping Forest?' &'What activities do people do in Epping Forest?' can be answered using the results from my Questionnaires. I asked a total of 30 people to fill in my questionnaires and here are the results to the question of 'What attracts you to Epping Forest?'. Attraction Frequency School 6 Open Spaces for Activities 15 Nature 8 Other 1 Figure 1.8 This chart shows that the 50% of the people who go to Epping Forest go there to exploit the Open Spaces for Activity. These activities could be Horse-riding, cycling or even fishing. 8 People because of the nature, as it is known for its beautiful scenery and wildlife. From this I can come to a conclusion that the majority of people are attracted to Epping Forest because of the amount of Space which is available, and which probably doesn't exist in the city. ...read more.

Conclusion

I was surprised that Pillow Mounds got a low 'natural features' mark as I know that many people are attracted to the area. I was also surprised that noise and traffic were both low. Conclusion At the beginning of this investigation I made 3 hypotheses Vegetation - The height and variety of the vegetation will be Greater in Robin Hood Green because there are fewer visitors. These predictions were all proved right as the height, type and variety was much higher at Robin Hood Green than in Pillow Mounds, as the Visitors at pillow mounds had eroded the ground. Soil - The compaction of the soil will be more so at Pillow Mounds because there are more visitors. This was also proved right since the soil at pillow mounds was almost impossible to penetrate with the penetrometer. The large amount of people walking on the surface of Pillow Mounds compacted the soil and made it harder. Management and Visitor assessment - The management and visitor impact will be much greater at Pillow mounds. This was also proved right. When at Pillow mounds there were many signs of management actions being undertaken, such as more car parks, an information centre, and even a ditch next to the car park to stop the cars going onto the grass. When at Robin Hood Green there was no litter bin in sight and only a motorbike park. Evaluation I feel that this investigation has gone very well since I have managed to prove my predictions. The methods of which I used to collect my data gave me reliable results and I believe that I presented these results with a range of statistical diagrams and rigorously analysed my data. My main problem was to do with time. I only had a few hours in which I had to collect all my data. If I were to do this investigation I would have spent more time collecting data and even distributed more questionnaires, I would have taken more measurements so that my data would have been more reliable. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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