Land use

Conflicts and solutions

Due to the variety of different land uses, disagreement occurs. Most of this conflict is due to the mass influx of tourists to the region, especially during summer months.

As there are so many different landowners and land users many conflicts arise. Here are two management strategies designed to minimise these conflicts.

Conflict 1: locals vs tourists

Increased traffic congestion especially in 'honeypot' areas such as Corfe CastleA steam railway line allows sightseers access and reduces congestion on the road
Increased traffic leads to a rise in noise and air pollutionTrain lines, bus routes, cycle paths and boat trips offer alternative forms of transport
Unsightly footpaths and erosion of sand dunes because of the number of visitorsThe National Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust buy and manage land, eg surface footpaths
Increase in litter and fires especially on the beaches, eg Chesil BeachLocal authorities fine for littering or dumping. Voluntary litter picks arranged
Fragile wildlife habitats may be destroyed by walkersReplant marram grass to conserve vegetation and sand dunes at Sites of Special Scientific Interest, eg Studland
Wildlife is disturbed on the beachesTo protect wildlife, nature reserves such as Brownsea Island have been created (National Nature Reserves)
Second home ownership increases, causing local first time buyers to struggle to get on the property ladderNational government offers help to first time buyers through affordable home ownership schemes

Conflict 2: tourists vs tourists

There are about 18 different land users in Poole Harbour and 4,000 boats use the area during peak periods Zoning of areas ensures that different activities are kept apart, eg at Poole Harbour Speed limits have been put in place
Tourist facilities such as camp/caravan sites and marinas spoil the look of the coastWorld Heritage Site Status allows local authorities to protect the coast with strict planning controls
Swimmers and sunbathers may be disturbed by the noise of motor boatsAn Aquatic Management Plan encourages quiet areas (zones)
Anglers, eg at Chesil Beach may be disrupted by activities such as water skiingPublic education schemes, eg guide books, leaflets and signs are designed to promote responsible tourism
As many as 20,000 visitors can visit Studland beach on a hot day in the summerLocal authorities comply with the EU Blue Flag Scheme on beach quality
Visitors' dogs can dirty the beaches and footpathsPoop scoop schemes have been set up to stop dogs fouling on the beach
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