The Conflict Between Conservation and Recreation When Visitors Dislike Crowding: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Spatial Distribution of Recreational Beach Users

Tratalos, Jamie A., Sugden, Robert, Bateman, Ian J., Gill, Jennifer A., Jones, Andy P., Showler, David A., Sutherland, William J. and Watkinson, Andrew R. (2013) The Conflict Between Conservation and Recreation When Visitors Dislike Crowding: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Spatial Distribution of Recreational Beach Users. Environmental and Resource Economics, 55 (3). pp. 447-465. ISSN 0924-6460

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Abstract

We investigate conflicts between wildlife conservation and recreational use that can occur at open-access sites when visitors dislike crowding. A theoretical model is proposed which determines the spatial distributions of visitors to a beach, given their willingness to walk to avoid crowding and the configuration of beach access points. This model is estimated for three sections of coastline in eastern England using data from aerial video photography. Visitor density is strongly and negatively correlated with distance from access points. Willingness to walk has a highly skewed population distribution. We discuss the implications of these findings for the management of conflicts between conservation and recreation at open-access sites.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: conservation,recreation,visitors,crowding,beach
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Science
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2013 12:12
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 15:39
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43656
DOI: 10.1007/s10640-013-9634-2

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