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.
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 the Senior Responsible Officer, Katherine Burgess, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for queries about the People and Nature Survey.