12 May 2020: Response to latest Government advice (further updated 15 May)
Following the Prime Minister’s speech on Monday, we urge visitors to our nature reserves to continue to follow social distancing guidelines to help control the spread of Covid-19.
The majority of our nature reserves remain open with free access and we are delighted that support from our members enables us to offer this.
Please be aware that due to recent quieter conditions, birds will be nesting in places more prone to disturbance than usual and so will be at risk. To ensure nature is still there for us in the future as well as right now, please keep dogs under close control, follow our reserve access guidelines and we respectfully ask that you don't visit a reserve if it is not possible to practise social distancing there without going off the paths.
Thank you for your patience as we all adjust to this new 'norm', this is new for everyone. Thanks to our supportive Trustees, committed staff and all of our members and donors, we have been able to adapt our way of working and carry on with our most vital activities. However, we have a reduced work force at present and many of our volunteers are likely to need to continue to self-isolate for some months to come, so our capacity to monitor sites and manage facilities is limited.
We do expect increased visitor numbers at many sites now though and so we may need to close areas off quickly if we think there is an unmanageable risk to safety or wildlife. Our car parks will remain closed until we are confident we can open them safely and without detriment to wildlife.
Please do check the website reserve pages for the latest information before planning a visit. As always, on any visit to our nature reserves, please be mindful of the wildlife that lives there and of other visitors.
Nature continues to bring many of us solace in these difficult times, so do continue to take time out of your day to enjoy the wild places around you, whether that be in your garden, local park or nature reserve. Take a look at some of our ideas for enjoying nature and register for our annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild, for inspiration and encouragement throughout the month of June!
We are continuing to add new resources, information and activities to our website and social media channels everyday and have been delighted by the response to these. We are also working to find alternative ways to safely deliver our popular wildlife events when this is allowed, as we know many people are missing these. All scheduled events until the end of July will be cancelled and we will keep reviewing the situation.
The Wildlife Trusts are, like others, dealing with the unprecedented challenges caused by coronavirus and nature conservation is suffering during these challenging times. Please consider supporting your local Wildlife Trust’s vital work by making a donation or becoming a member – and a huge thank you to those of you that already support us in this way.