Fishing Participation, Motivators and Barriers among UK Anglers with Disabilities: Opportunities and Implications for Green Social Prescribing

Rosie K. Lindsay*, Christina Carmichael, Peter M. Allen, Matt Fossey, Lauren Godier-Mcbard, Laurie Butler, Mike Trott, Shahina Pardhan, Mark A. Tully, Jason J. Wilson, Andy Torrance, Lee Smith

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Green social prescribing, which includes the referral of patients to nature-based activities, could exacerbate inequalities between people with disabilities and people without. Research suggests fishing could be more inclusive relative to other outdoor sports. To understand if fishing is an inclusive sport, and the potential benefits and barriers to prescribing fishing, the present study compared participation, motivators and barriers to fishing, between anglers with and without disabilities. UK adults were invited to participate in an online survey. Chi-square tests examined differences between anglers with and without disabilities regarding the type of fishing anglers engaged in, the frequency of fishing, the length of time spent fishing, motivators for fishing and barriers to fishing. Among 1799 anglers (97.5% male), 292 (16.2%) anglers reported having a disability. Most anglers with disabilities were over 55 years old (56.5%). There was no difference in fishing participation, or motivators for fishing, between anglers with and without disabilities; however, anglers with disabilities were more likely to report ‘costs’, ‘lack of transport’ and ‘having no one to go with them’ as barriers. Overall, there appeared to be no differences in fishing participation between anglers with versus without disabilities, although additional barriers to participation may exist.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4730
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2022

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Funding Information:
Funding: This work was funded in part by Angling Direct PLC.

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© 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • angling
  • blue prescribing
  • health
  • wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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