The Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group undertakes work in a variety of environments. We have included some of our work in a selection of online case studies. All of them have Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF versions available for download.
- Blythe Waters, West Midlands
Reducing risk to anglers from overhead power lines
- Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Cheshire
How ‘soft engineering’ techniques applied to the landscape can be used to discourage unwanted behaviour.
- Carnewas, Cornwall
Control of risk at a popular coastal site, including consideration of the need for cliff edge fencing.
- Challon Hall Wood, Leighton Moss, RSPB North West
An example of how the RSPB assesses the risk from trees on part of its Leighton Moss Reserve.
- Dalby Forest, North York Moors
How to provide a wide range of leisure and recreation facilities with minimum disturbance to the landscape.
- Fort George, Moray Firth, Scotland
Dealing with unguarded drops in a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
- Gas Street Basin, Birmingham
Safety Management in a very busy urban waterfront environment.
- Kingsford Forest Park, Kidderminster
Reducing risk from mountain biking in a country park.
- Lord’s Rake, Scafell, Lake District
Why signs have been erected in a mountain landscape to ensure walkers are aware of specially high risk from rock falls.
- People’s Park, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Safety measures at an historic urban water feature, without detracting too much from the historic detail of the park
- Shorne Fort, North Kent
Risk assessment helps to turn an historic fort from a liability to an asset.
- Skara Brae, Orkney, Scotland
Creating a marked path around the perimeter of a prehistoric village to reduce the risk of vistors falling.
- South Stack Cliffs, Ynys Mon
Risk assessment on a well visited coastal path leads to a decision not to erect cliff edge fencing.
- Westonbirt Old Arboretum Play Trail
How the Forestry Commission encourages families to experience trees through hands-on nature play.
- Wigmore, Herefordshire
English Heritage’s approach to visitor safety at a remote ruined castle, restored in its natural ruinous state, without the normal safety infrastructure.
- Zoning for Safety in the Countryside
Abernethy Forest is an RSPB nature reserve in Strathspey, Scotland. Risk controls vary from the ‘urban’ zone of the Osprey Centre to the wild zone on the Cairngorm plateau.