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The People and Nature Survey

The People and Nature Survey for England gathers evidence and trend data through an online survey relating to people’s enjoyment, access, understanding of and attitudes to the natural environment, and it’s contributions to wellbeing.

This data contributes to Natural England’s delivery of statutory duties, informs Defra policy and natural capital accounting, and contributes to the outcome indicator framework for the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Overview of the People and Nature Survey

The People and Nature Survey builds on the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey which ran from 2009 to 2019. 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.
  • Understand how being in the natural environment can have an effect on wellbeing.
  • Understand environmental attitudes and the actions people take at home, in the garden and in the wider community to protect the environment.

More information on the method and the full questionnaire is available here: The People and Nature Survey for England questionnaire.

To receive updates on the survey, including data releases and publications, sign-up via the People and Nature User Hub.

Code of Practice for Statistics

The People and Nature Survey will use an online panel survey, sampling up to 25,000 adults in England on a continuous basis over 2020/21. In 2020, the People and Nature Survey underwent a rapid regulatory review with the Office for Statistical Regulation to ensure compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics, and its principles of:

  • Trustworthiness: is about having confidence in the people and organisations that produce statistics and data.
  • Quality: is about using data and methods that produce assured statistics.
  • Value: is about producing statistics that support society’s needs for information.

The People and Nature Survey will release data on a quarterly basis and set of indicators on a monthly basis.

Between April 2020 and March 2021, monthly indicator releases were generated using interim weighting methods and designated as ‘Experimental Statistics’, a form of Official Statistics that are in the testing phase.

For the second year of the survey (April 2021 onwards), monthly indicators have been generated using a bespoke People and Nature Survey weight. With this bespoke weight, products from the People and Nature Survey are now of sufficient statistical quality to merit ongoing production as Official Statistics.

Experimental and Official Statistic status’ allow for the noteworthy change in data collection methodology between MENE (face to face interviews) and the People and Nature Survey (online panel) to be fully evaluated before a planned transition to National Statistics designation. For more information on Official statistics please visit the Office of National Statistics website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The People and Nature Survey is collecting data during the pandemic in line with guidance from the Government Statistical Service to support producers of official statistics who need to decide when to pause or continue data collections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The People and Nature Survey is a vital long-term source of information about engagement with, and attitudes towards the, natural environment. There is not an alternative source for the collection of data about engagement with and attitudes towards the natural environment.

The COVID-19 pandemic will impact on how people engage with the natural environment and the evidence from the survey can help inform response and recovery. Survey participants are informed about current government rules and regulations surrounding COVID-19 and that this survey does not encourage respondents to engage with the natural environment outside of current restrictions set by government. The survey is frequently reviewed to ensure it adheres with any updated guidance. As this is an online panel survey, where response is voluntary, the health and wellbeing risks associated with data collection are low.

Contact information

Contact the Senior Responsible Officer, Katherine Burgess, by email: people_and_nature@naturalengland.org.uk for queries about the People and Nature Survey.

Monthly Indicators Year 2 (April 2021 – March 2022)

Monthly indicators to understand the impact of coronavirus on how people use the natural environment in England. These statistics are calculated using weights developed specifically for the People and Nature Survey, which differ from the interim weights used for monthly indicators published prior to April 2021. See ‘Survey Methods and Technical Details’ for more information. Year 1 statistics will be updated with the new weights and published in due course.

Monthly Interim Indicators Year 1 (April 2020 – March 2021)

Monthly indicators to understand the impact of coronavirus on how people use the natural environment in England. These statistics are calculated using interim weights, which differ from weights developed specifically for the People and Nature Survey used in publications from April 2021 onwards. See ‘Survey Methods and Technical Details’ for more information.

Adult Survey Data

Data and publications relating to the first year of The People and Nature Survey. Publications marked as ‘Experimental Statistics’ use interim weighting methods and those marked as ‘Official Statistics’ use a bespoke People and Nature weighting method. See ‘Survey Methods and Technical Details’ for more information.

Children Survey Data

Data and publications relating to the Children and Nature Survey (children aged 8 – 15).

Survey Methods and Technical Details

Supporting materials for all technical aspects of The People and Nature Survey.

Published 22 April 2020
Last updated 9 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. New monthly data for April 2021 added.

  2. Changes made to names of collection groups.

  3. Multiple amendments made of varying types (e.g. reordering of groups, hyperlinks added, changes to text).

  4. Changes to layout of collection pages.

  5. Link to March data added.

  6. New monthly publication with data for March 2021.

  7. New monthly publication for February 2021 added.

  8. Link to Q3 (October to December 2020) adult data added.

  9. The People and Nature Survey for England: Adult Data Y1Q3 (October-December 2020) (Experimental Statistics) published

  10. Link to January 2021 publication added.

  11. New monthly publication for January 2021 added.

  12. Link to December 2020 monthly interim indicator added.

  13. New publication containing data for December 2020 added.

  14. Typo amended to fix broken url. Publications reordered into chronological order of release.

  15. Links to monthly report for November 2020 and adult data quarterly report for Y1Q2 (July to September 2020) added.

  16. Link to latest monthly publication for October 2020 added.

  17. New monthly publication for October 2020 added.

  18. New monthly publication including data for September 2020.

  19. Child survey data and August 2020 data added.

  20. URL changed to ensure link to publication is working properly.

  21. Quarterly data added and technical guidance publication added.

  22. URLs changed to ensure links to publications are working properly.

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  26. Link to June publication added.

  27. Amendments to positions of text. Sentence also added linking user to User Hub. New monthly publication for June 2020 data.

  28. Link to The People and Nature Survey for England: Monthly interim indicators for May 2020 (Experimental Statistics) data added under contents, as requested by Natural England.

  29. New monthly publication for May 2020 added.

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  31. First publication of new statistical release from Natural England (NE), namely The People and Nature Survey for England: Monthly interim indicators. In this case for April 2020.

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