19 July 2021
In line with the Government’s guidance, reduced restrictions will be in place from Monday 19 July, but we will continue to put safety first. Our duty of care to our staff, volunteers, members and our visitors remains our top priority.
Our staff and volunteers based at our visitor centre at the Nene Wetlands (Rushden Lakes) will continue to wear masks as a precautionary measure and this will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Although not enforced, we encourage you to wear your own face covering inside our visitor centre over the coming weeks to protect our staff, volunteers, and yourself, as well as helping to minimise the further spread of Covid-19.
Unless closed for the purposes of restoration, our outdoor spaces, including playgrounds and bird hides, are open.
What safety measure are we taking?
- Face Masks. Our staff and volunteers will be wearing face masks indoors at the visitor centre and some activity centres. We’d encourage you to do the same, but will not be enforcing this.
- Sanitising stations. These will remain in place for everyone to use.
- Screens. These will remain in place where applicable.
- Floor signage. We will be leaving our current floor signage in place where applicable to encourage (but not enforce) distance, and in case restrictions are re-introduced.
- Cleaning. We will retain our current regime of deep and regular cleaning.
- Test and Trace - We are continuing to take part in the Government’s Test and Trace scheme, so would ask that all members of your party either scan the NHS Test and Trace QR code or give details to a member of our team when using our visitor centre or attending our events.
- Outdoor events, workshops and programmes including family events and guided walks are running again. Visit our events page for a full list of upcoming events and to book your place.
- Events will continue to be planned on the basis of making them Covid-safe. This may happen in a number of ways, including limiting group size and ensuring personal space.
We have been reintroducing volunteering across the three counties – please see the relevant pages for each county to see which activities are now under way. Numbers are not generally restricted, but all activities will be reviewed to consider any additional risks that Covid-19 may present.
Stay safe and enjoy our wonderful wildlife.
Our nature reserves
We manage more than 100 nature reserves throughout the three counties, and we will continue to ensure that these stay open to the public wherever possible, to ensure the local community gains regular access to these vital green spaces.
If we need to close one of our nature reserves, the restrictions will be listed on the site’s individual webpage – please check that reserve page before you visit.
Please note, all arrangements are subject to changes in circumstance and Government guidelines.
Doing more to help wildlife
Please consider helping the Trust make a real difference to wildlife by donating. All money raised helps us to sustain our work to protect wildlife and wild places throughout the county. Every donation, big or small, will make a huge difference. If you are not already a member and want to join us, our thanks in advance.