The use of digitally altered photographs to assess stakeholder woodland cover preferences in internationally important cultural landscapes; a case study in the English Lake District National Park.

Lemmey, Richard, Weatherall, Andrew, Smith, Darrell and Convery, Ian (2018) The use of digitally altered photographs to assess stakeholder woodland cover preferences in internationally important cultural landscapes; a case study in the English Lake District National Park. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This project explores the effectiveness of digitally manipulated photographs for evaluating peoples' preferences towards woodland cover in an internationally important cultural landscape. A photograph of a well known English Lake District view was digitally altered to produce six images with greater or lesser amounts of woodland cover. Using an online survey, respondents were asked to identify which image represented current levels and which their preferred levels of cover. The responses were then related to the personal data of the respondents. 506 usable responses indicated a strong preference for increased woodland cover. Accurate identification of the location and cover levels was related to proximity of domicile, age and frequency of visit. The nearer respondents lived to the Lake District the greater the preference for increased cover. Employment, domicile, age, gender, settlement type and voluntary organisation data were recorded. Women were less extreme in their preferences than men and farmers tended towards open field perceptions and preferences. Photomanipulation is shown to be an effective tool for assessing preferences for degree of woodland cover and could be well applied to more representative data gathering than online survey.

Item Type: Report
Departments: Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Ian Convery
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 10:53
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 10:59
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5329

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