Overview of MENE
Since 2009, Natural England in partnership with Defra, has undertaken the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey. The main focus of the survey is capturing time spent in the natural environment. It also seeks to capture other ways of engaging with the natural environment such as time spent in the garden and volunteering, and pro-environmental behaviors such as recycling. The data enables users to:
- Understand how people use, enjoy and are motivated to protect the natural environment
- Monitor changes in use of the natural environment over time, at a range of different spatial scales and for key groups within the population.
Storymap, thematic reports & Nature Connection Index (NCI)
To celebrate a decade of MENE, a visual storymap is available detailing what we have learnt from the survey.
The Nature Connection Index (NCI) data is collected via The Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment series. The purpose of NCI is to gather evidence on the relative importance of contact with nature and nature connection, the characteristics of experiences in natural environments that are most likely to support nature connection and delivery of outcomes, and the role of childhood experiences in developing nature connection into adulthood.
Thematic reports and Nature Connection Index data
This latest report summarises analysis of the NCI data to explore the relationships between nature contact, nature connectedness, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours.
Report on nature connectedness among adults and children in England (March 2020)
The Upper Tier Local Authority dashboard
The Upper Tier Local Authority dashboard has been developed allowing users to easily access visit behaviour and trends in the last 10 years of their area. The raw data has been provided for each upper tier local authority for those wishing to undertake more advanced analysis.
Upper Tier Local Authority Dashboard
MENE concluded in 2019 and has been superseded by The People and Nature Survey for England, for queries relating to MENE please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information is available in the MENE web page on Natural England’s website archive.