Nature in and around Edinburgh

Please complete this survey if you live or work in Edinburgh, or you have visited the city in the last 12 months

Edinburgh’s ‘greenspaces’ – areas covered in vegetation or water, such as parks, cemeteries, rivers, beaches, and urban woodlands - provide us with important opportunities to escape the noise and stress of built up areas, exercise, and socialise. They offer contact to the natural world and act as an attractive backdrop to some of the city’s most prolific events. Although we can sometimes take these benefits and opportunities for granted, it is important to ensure everyone in the city has easy access to high quality, attractive, safe and varied greenspace.

Forest Research has launched this survey to collect information on where people go to see and enjoy nature in Edinburgh. We will use your responses to identify the most loved areas of greenspace in the city and to get a better idea about why you value these areas. This survey has been developed as part of the European GREEN SURGE project and findings will be shared with City of Edinburgh Council and other Edinburgh Living Landscape partners to help inform better planning and management of the city’s greenspace.

We greatly value your help in completing this survey. It should take approximately 10-20 minutes, depending on how detailed you want to be in your response.

All data collected will be used for research purposes only. We do not sell, rent or exchange any personal information supplied by you to any third party. Nor do we use any of the information you provide for direct marketing or other non-research activities. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch using the contact details provided upon completion of the survey.

Please note that this survey may not work on all tablet or phone devices. We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome or Firefox when completing this survey.

Please tell us why you are (or were) in Edinburgh

Live here
Work here
Live and work here

Please provide your home postcode (this will solely be used for understanding how far people travel to greenspaces, we will not use your postcode for any marketing or other purposes)

How much do you know about nature in the city? Are you able to name the tree, plant, bird, animal species that you commonly see in and around Edinburgh?

Expert: I can confidently name most species of urban plants, trees, animals, birds, and other wildlife
I can name many of the common urban plants, trees, animals, birds, and other wildlife
I know the names of some urban plants, trees, animals, birds, and other wildlife
I only know the names of a few or none of the urban plants, trees, animals, birds, and other wildlife

How would you rate your health in general?

Very bad
Very good

How often do you choose to visit or travel through greenspace?

Every day
Several times a week
Once a week
Several times a month
Once a month
Less often

Which of these ethnic groups do you consider yourself to belong to?

Mixed/multiple ethnic groups
Asian/Asian British
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British
Other ethnic group

Are you?


What age group do you belong to?


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