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The Conflict Between Conservation and Recreation When Visitors Dislike Crowding: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Spatial Distribution of Recreational Beach Users

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  • Jamie Tratalos

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  • Robert Sugden
  • Ian Bateman
  • Jennifer Gill
  • Andy Jones
  • David Showler
  • William Sutherland
  • Andrew Watkinson

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We investigate conflicts between wildlife conservation and recreational use that can occur at open-access sites when visitors dislike crowding. A theoretical model is proposed which determines the spatial distributions of visitors to a beach, given their willingness to walk to avoid crowding and the configuration of beach access points. This model is estimated for three sections of coastline in eastern England using data from aerial video photography. Visitor density is strongly and negatively correlated with distance from access points. Willingness to walk has a highly skewed population distribution. We discuss the implications of these findings for the management of conflicts between conservation and recreation at open-access sites. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

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  • Jamie Tratalos & Robert Sugden & Ian Bateman & Jennifer Gill & Andy Jones & David Showler & William Sutherland & Andrew Watkinson, 2013. "The Conflict Between Conservation and Recreation When Visitors Dislike Crowding: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Spatial Distribution of Recreational Beach Users," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 55(3), pages 447-465, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:55:y:2013:i:3:p:447-465
    DOI: 10.1007/s10640-013-9634-2
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    1. Ahmet Kubaş & Fatih Yilmaz & Yaşar Aktaş & Nurcan MetİN, 2005. "Analysis of Visitor Decision Making System When Visiting Natural Recreation Sites by Multinomial Logit Model," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 39(5), pages 615-623, October.
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    Conservation; Recreation; Visitors; Crowding; Beach;

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