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I am studying both the positive and negative impacts of tourism on the Lake District

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GCSE Geography Geographical Investigation What are the impacts of tourism in a selected region of the UK? Tourism is the industry that looks after the needs and welfare of tourists and provides the things that help them travel to places where they can relax and enjoy themselves. I am studying both the positive and negative impacts of tourism on the Lake District because the Lake District is being overwhelmed with tourists each year but without the income that tourism generates the Lake District wouldn't survive. The Lake District is one of 15 National Parks across the UK which has 2 main purposes. - To enhance and preserve the natural beauty of the landscape. - To provide a place for recreation and enjoyment. A third aim is; - To protect the social and economic well being of people who live and/or work in the National Park. The positive impacts of tourism are associated with the economy and employment. Tourism can also start off a cycle known as the positive multiplier effect; the tourism industry locates in an area which provides jobs for locals. ...read more.


This will cost an estimated �5.1 million of which �1.46 million has been donated by the Lottery Heritage Fund. This money will be spent on a number of different sustainable strategies like stone pitching. This is when local stone is buried into the ground to make footholds. Alternatively steps have been put on steep hillsides made from local stone so that they fit in with the rest of the natural landscape. The second negative impact of tourism is litter. When tourists visit the Lake District, some drop litter on the floor. People come to the Lake District to see the natural beauty of the countryside but are put off coming back because of the litter on the floor therefore the Lake District loses further income. Animals and their habitats are damaged because of pollution. Bins have been placed in many different areas of the Lake District, especially the honeypot sites to discourage this. Daily warden patrols have been set up to try to clean up any mess created. ...read more.


Bibliography Websites www.fixthefells.co.uk/path_erosion_factsheet.pdf www.lakedistrict-stay.co.uk/tourist/Fix-the-Fells/photo www.slideshare.net/tudorgeog/tourism-in-the-lake-district www.thelakedistrict.gov.uk/index/learning/posters/poster7_tourists.html www.lakedistrict.gov.uk www.nationalparks.gov.uk/learningabout/ourchallenges/tourism/.htm http://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2009/09/19/nevis-rubbish-drives-volunteers-bananas http://derekclegg.net/blog/?tag=county-down http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/index/caringfor/policies/windermerespeedlimit.htm www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/managingresources/tourismrev4.shtml www.geography-revision.co.uk/multiplyer_effect.php http://www.pkct.org/index.asp?tm=20 http://intranet.cramlingtonlv.co.uk/geogweeb/year12/fielddwork/lakes2006/factsheets_traffic.pdf www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/managingresources/tourismrev5.shtml www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/index/caringfor/policies/affordablehousinghottopic.htm Videos Too Much Tourism? Tourism Management in the Lake District TV choices production Books New Key Geography for GCSE, David Waugh and Tony Bushell, Nelson Thornes, 1998, pg230-235 Understanding GCSE Geography, Ann Bowen and John Pallister, Heinemann, 1999, pg198-206 National Parks in the UK, Sheryl Owens and Jonathan Green, Stanley Thornes, 1997, pg76-81 Travel and Tourism Level 2 First, Steve Ingle, Malcolm Jefferies, Andy Kerr, Christine King, Tom Rock, Carol Spencer, Pearson Education Limited, 2010, pg8 OCR GCSE Specification B Geography, Tom Miller, Heinemann, 2009, pg242-243 GCSE Bitesize Revision Geography, Denise Freeman, Nicola Rae, David Balderstone, BBC Worldwide Limited, pg108-113 I believe the wide range of sources that I used were reliable as they were websites known worldwide although I am aware that some may be biased. The video and textbooks I used were dated but I used these to get an overall picture of the issue and did not take any statistics from either resources. ?? ?? ?? ?? Billy Launchbury pg1 ...read more.

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As the question is about the impacts of tourism, the student has answered the question well, although there are some aspects which could be improved upon. They have, like all essays on this type of topic, given the positive impacts, ...

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As the question is about the impacts of tourism, the student has answered the question well, although there are some aspects which could be improved upon. They have, like all essays on this type of topic, given the positive impacts, the negative impacts and then a conclusion. The response is very explicit as the two opposing arguments are portrayed clearly which show that this is a balanced argument. However, there should also be a balanced amount of information presented, and it was noted here that the side for the positive impacts of tourism was given more weightage.

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Generally in geography, the use of analytical skills is limited, as knowledge is more widely examined. However, the student has used evidence very well to support their points. This includes the use of statistics, which shows that a lot of research has gone in to this piece. Another impressive aspect is the bibliography. Although this is expected in all pieces of coursework, the way the student has gone about doing it shows a mature outlook to work, as acknowledging the use of other material makes the coursework look ‘polished’. Although the conclusion deals with the general aspects, ideally it should be more developed and balanced. The student has reached a judgement here, but needs to justify his choice further, for example why they chose the argument with reference to the content written previously.

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The use syntax is satisfactory and there are no major errors. Coursework, or any type of work for that matter, must be proof-read at least a couple of time, if not more. The technical level is satisfactory for GCSE level, with environmental consequences of tourism explained maturely. However, something which could be improved upon here is the layout. Normally, coursework should be written in continuous prose, with diagrams and statistics used for support. However here, the positive impacts of tourism are displayed in a spider diagram. This is useful for remembering key ideas, but is not advisable for coursework. This is because in this way, all of the aspects explored are not developed as thoroughly as writing in prose. Apart from this aspect, the coursework was overall of a good standard and can be seen as what is normally required and presented at GCSE level.

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