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: 5 January 2021

Getting in touch

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

In line with the latest lockdown restrictions we request that everyone respects the 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. 
You can keep up to date with Government guidance and legislation on current lockdown restrictions here.   

Nature Reserves

Broadwater Lake, Lemsford Springs, Tewin Orchard and Hilfield Park Reservoir remain closed. This is due to visitor safety risks, and the sites’ high vulnerability to vandalism and disturbance of wildlife.

Following the Government guidelines, all other Trust nature reserves are open. All publicly accessible hides remain closed to protect visitor safety.

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

In line with the latest lockdown regulations and the clear message that we must all stay at home if we can, all Trust work parties and other volunteer activities have been suspended.  

Where there are exceptions to this, we will contact volunteers individually. 

Inevitably there will be a huge amount to catch up on and we have had to accept that some areas of work will have to wait while others are able to go ahead.

Stay 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. 

With schools closed, many parents, carers and teachers will be after inspiration for keeping young people occupied, whilst continuing to develop key skills.  Keep an eye on our Wild at Home pages for a new programme of fun things to do!

Please also take a look at our Wildlife Watch YouTube channel for ideas that are particularly suitable for primary students, with new content is released on Wednesdays.

There are lots of other ideas for activities to keep all ages entertained and connected to wildlife on our Actions for Wildlife pages.

Events and Activities

Our online events programme continues. You can find out more about what is on offer and how to book here.

Our outdoor events programme remains on hold. 

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