Recreation : Marine Enviroment : Participation : Summary

Membership summary table

This summary table summarises the information which is available on membership levels of recreational clubs.

Summary table

Activity

Membership of Governing Body

Estimated Popularity

% Users Who Have Membership

Walking

100,000 - Ramblers Association

28,700,000 visits pa

0.34%

Riding

62,536 - British Horse Society 37,458 - The Pony Club

1,300,000

7.7%

Running

n/a

2,200,000

n/a

Climbing

19,000 individual members, 9,000 club members - British Mountaineering Council

700,000 (England and Wales) figures are not sea cliff specific

2.7% individuals

Cycling (informal and mountain)

40,000 - British Cycling Federation, British Mountain Biking Federation, Cyclists Touring Club (combined)

8,200,000

0.48%

Camping and caravaning

285,000 - Caravan Club (family members - 700,000 people altogether)

252,000 - Camping and Caravaning Club

4.193m trips pa to caravan holiday homes

2.995m trips pa camping

10.4%

Caving

6,500 - National Caving Association

12,000 regular cavers 100,000 - 150,000 intermittent cavers

54.1%

0.043%

Shooting game

112,000 - British Association for Shooting and Conservation

343,000 - game shooting

32.6%

4x4 Vehicles

n/a

100,000 - total number of competitors

n/a

Two wheeled

12,500 - The Auto Cycle Union 100,000 - The British Motorcyclists Federation

n/a

n/a

Sailing and board sailing including windsurfing & motor-boating

75,000 personal members 1,500 club affiliations - The Royal Yachting Association

Approx. 900,000

8.3%

Canoeing

22,000 individuals and 600 clubs British Canoe Union

700,000

3.1%

Sub Aqua

52,247 members British Sub-Aqua Club

51,700 members - PADI

Approx. 120,000

83%

Personal water crafting

n/a

17,000 personally owned

n/a

Water-skiing

14,000 - British Water Ski Federation

150,000 regular participants, 250,000 casual

9.3%

Angling

221,699 - National Federation of Anglers

35,000 - National Federation of Sea Anglers

2,500,000

0.1%

Ornithology/

Birdwatching

1 million - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

2 million

50%

House of Commons Environment Committee (1995), UK CEED (1998)

 

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