Visitors to Welsh woodlands, forests and National Nature Reserves managed by Natural Resources Wales have rated a high level of visitor satisfaction a recent survey has revealed - with Newport Wetlands coming out on top.

The results of the survey commissioned by Natural Resources Wales showed that 93 per cent of visitors felt that NRW sites were great places to visit and enjoy, rating their experience as either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.

Seven sites across Wales were surveyed to find out visitors views on NRW sites and whether they were well managed, welcoming and safe and the type of activities visitors participated in during their visit.

Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve was the highest rated visitor attraction with visitors enjoying the scenery and commenting on the variety of children’s activities available.

Rachel Parry, access and recreation information advisor, Natural Resources Wales, said: “The picture is very positive with visitors enjoying their experience when visiting our recreation sites and using our facilities.

“By providing a quality visitor experience it was encouraging to know that over half of the survey’s respondents were repeat visitors and would recommend our sites as a great place to visit and enjoy the outdoors.”

• 93 per cent rated NRW sites as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’

• 91 per cent of visitors go for a walk whilst visiting one of our woodlands or NNRs

• 89 per cent rated NRW sites as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ on how safe and welcoming they felt

• 63 per cent of visitors were repeat visitors

• 60 per cent stated the main strength of the sites was the beautiful scenery.