The Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey is funded by Natural England, with support from Defra and the Forestry Commission.
The survey collects information about the ways that people engage with the natural environment such as visiting the countryside, enjoying green spaces in towns and cities, watching wildlife and volunteering to help protect the natural environment.
The data collected about how people use the natural environment, includes the:
type of destination
mode of transport
barriers to visiting
The comparability table explains how MENE compares with other outdoor recreation, sport, leisure and tourism and arts, culture and heritage surveys.
Fieldwork started in March 2009 with around 800 respondents interviewed every week across England using an in-home interview format. Every year at least 45,000 interviews are undertaken using the questionnaire script and questionnaire frequency table.
possibility of adding questions to the survey programme
Additional information is available in the MENE web page on Natural England’s website archive.
Results, publications and data
Reports for the results of the MENE survey are available to view using the links at the bottom of this page.
MENE survey data
The MENE online cross-tabulation viewer provides access to all survey data. Using this tool, the survey data can be cross-tabulated to pre-analyse the data by the required weights.
The complete datasets and metadata from the first 7 years of survey fieldwork are available from Natural England’s publication catalogue. These files were updated in May 2017 and also include additional weights and guidance notes for use with upper-tier local authority level analysis.
Pre-release access list
The pre-release access order 2008 restricts who can see official statistics before they’re published. The pre-release access list for MENE National Statistics accredited products was revised in May 2017 removing all pre-release access.
In September 2014, the UK Statistics Authority completed their assessment of MENE and designated the output as National Statistics. Designation means that the UK Statistics Authority are satisfied that Natural England are fulfilling all of its obligations to the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, and are therefore producing these statistics to the highest standard possible.
Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) indicator 1.16 results
Data from the MENE survey on green space use is included in the PHOF indicator 1.16 results. This provides information on the percentage of people using outdoor places for health or exercise reasons.
The baseline period relates to March 2009 to February 2012, while the latest findings from March 2015 to February 2016 have now also been made available. Data is published for England, English regions, and English upper tier local authorities.
This data helps inform local government public health expenditure.
An annual report is published at the end of each year of the MENE survey. In addition, quarterly reports were published every 3 months from 2010 to 2016 to provide the latest results from the current year of the survey. Quarterly reporting was discontinued in March 2016.