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Sandymouth population study

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Method Section Aims to Consider: * Why is Sandymouth a honey pot site? * What type of people visit Sandymouth and why? * What impact are people having at Sandymouth? * What attempts are being made to protect/manage the area? * What issues of conflict have arisen at Sandymouth? Who visits Sandymouth? Questionnaire I decided to visit Sandymouth numerous times and carry out a survey by asking visitors to complete a questionnaire. After careful deliberation, I included nine questions in the questionnaire. I felt that this information was required to find out the answers to the first four of the aims. On the 11th July, I participated in a school field trip to Sandymouth, with the intention of carrying out the first draft of my questionnaire, but unfortunately, the weather was so bad that there were no visitors to survey. However, I revisited the site on Wednesday 3rd August, and the weather was much more adequate for carrying out questionnaires. I managed to survey 30 random people in the time I had, old and young, male and female, so as to obtain an even and fair spread of results. I revisited the site on two more occasions, on Saturday 20th August and Thursday 25th August. I surveyed 30 people on the 20th, and 15 more on the 25th, giving a total of 75 people surveyed. Here are the results: Question Answer Visit 1-30 surveyed Visit 2-30 surveyed Visit 3-15 surveyed Are you local or on Holiday? ...read more.


This may give me a clearer answer as to why Sandymouth is a honey pot site, what is being done to manage the area and the efforts the national trust are putting in to keep Sandymouth a honey pot site. Is there any evidence of visitors damaging the environment? Litter survey of Sandymouth To find out if there is any evidence of visitors damaging the environment, I decided to carry out a litter survey of the two most popular areas of Sandymouth - the beach and the area outside the caf�. As the national trust cannot afford refuse collection, and therefore being no litter bins on Sandymouth, I expect there to be quite a lot of litter lying around. Visitors are kindly asked to take their litter home, but they do not always read the signs. Here are my results: Outside Cafe Beach Type of litter Amount Type of litter Amount Paper 4 Paper 1 Ice cream wrappers 3 Ice cream wrappers 5 Straws 2 Straws 0 Bottles 7 Bottles 8 Plastic bags 3 Plastic bags 5 Cans 6 Cans 2 Rope 0 Rope 4 Foam 0 Foam 2 This evidence shows us that there is litter on Sandymouth, and there is definitely evidence of damage. Footpath erosion survey I decided also to carry out a footpath erosion survey of Sandymouth. I started at the start of the chosen location, and proceeded to take a note of the level of erosion every twenty steps. ...read more.


* Laid granite bars at intervals along the path leading down to the beach to prevent slippage of the downhill path. * Put up a health and safety sign by the beach to warn visitors of the dangers of the sea, cliffs and various diseases. * Put up posts at the top of the gavelled path to stop cars driving down there and disrupting the visitors. They have completely isolated the car park from the rest of the site, without putting up any major physical barriers. * Reinforced and widened the existing bridge to prevent further erosion, and reinforced the stream bank. Clustering survey I decided to record a clustering survey of Sandymouth to try and find out why Sandymouth is a honey pot site and whether clustering has an influence on erosion. Clustering basically means where groups of people congregate to sit and admire the view. This may seem harmless, but, however, if the visitors drop litter around these areas, or somehow kick up the turf, they are damaging the area and causing problems for not only the other visitors, but the national trust. The results of this survey are shown on the attached map. They show that people cluster around the grass outside of the caf�, on the edge of the cliffs on both the right hand valley side and the left hand side, around the bench on the footpath on the valley side, around the picnic benches and at the gates. ?? ?? ?? ?? Justin Salmon 10TMS ...read more.

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