Coronavirus Update

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

We continue to review our activities in response to Covid-19, taking sensible steps to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers and members of the public. We will regularly update this page to keep you informed about the measures we are taking and how this affects you.

Updated: 3 March 2021

 

We are reviewing all protocols and access arrangements in line with the Government’s four-step roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions – you can see full details of their plan here.

You can keep up to date with Government guidance and legislation on current lockdown restrictions here.   

Hertfordshire’s Public Health Team is providing regular updates and information about the local situation and where to get help here.

The majority of our staff continue to work at home and our offices remain closed to the public.

If you need to get in touch with us, please find the right person to contact here.

Travelling to Trust sites and activities

We request that everyone continues to respect Government guidance to stay at home and minimise travel. Please limit journeys to our sites within your local area and as part of your regular exercise.

Visiting our Nature Reserves

Access restrictions - Broadwater Lake, Lemsford Springs, Tewin Orchard, Hilfield Park Reservoir and all viewing hides remain closed to the public.

We are keeping these arrangements under review and will update this page as sites and facilities are able to be reopened in line with Government guidance. All other Trust nature reserves are open to the public.

We ask that all visitors follow strict social distancing guidelines to ensure their own safety and the safety of those around them.

When visiting our reserves, please take extra care not to disturb wildlife. Follow on-site signage and keep dogs under effective control. Never light a fire or BBQ, do not go swimming or boating, and take all your rubbish home with you.

Please follow Natural England's Countryside Code and Respect, Protect and Enjoy.

Volunteering

With protocols in place, our staff team and small groups of volunteers will soon be returning to areas of work on our nature reserves and in the wider countryside. We are contacting our volunteers directly as restrictions ease and opportunities become available. We will need a couple of weeks to make these arrangements, so please wait for us to contact you.

All other activity remains suspended but we are doing everything we can to carry out essential tasks, whilst keeping our volunteers, staff and supporters safe.

Whilst it is disappointing to have missed so much of our usual winter volunteering activity, we have had to accept that some areas of work have to wait while others have been able to go ahead.

Staying Connected to Nature

Our online events programme continues. You can find out what is on offer and how to book here. Our outdoor events programme remains on hold. We hope to start reintroducing a limited programme of small group activities as restrictions begin to ease.

Whilst schools have been closed, we continued to provide regular online activities and inspiration to support parents, carers, teachers and children. You can catch up on all the fun things to do on our Wild at Home pages. There are lots of other ideas for activities to keep all ages entertained and connected to wildlife on our Actions for Wildlife pages.

Working safely during COVID-19 

We have a Covid-19 risk assessment in place to ensure we have identified and acted on controls needed to protect our staff, volunteers and members of the public.

To help manage transmission risks and maintain social distancing measures, we are thoroughly planning all work activities, have re-designed workspaces and have robust hygiene and cleaning procedures in place.

How you can help

We rely on the generosity of our members and supporters, and we are grateful for their continued support. Any support you can give us at this difficult time will directly help us to continue our work for wildlife. You can help by donating online or by joining as a member. 

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Tewinbury Nature Reserve (c) Josh Kubale