Coronavirus Update

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

We continue to review our activities in response the ongoing COVID-19 situation, 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 July 2020

Working safely during COVID-19 

We have followed the Government guidance to enable us to be ‘COVID-19 Secure’ and have undertaken a risk assessment to ensure we have both identified the necessary controls and put them in place, to protect our staff, volunteers and members of the public.
We are thoroughly planning all work activities and redesigning workspaces to manage transmission risks and to maintain social distancing measures where possible. We also have robust hygiene procedures and cleaning processes in place.
 
The majority of our staff continue to work remotely where we can 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.

Nature Reserves

Broadwater Lake, Lemsford Springs, Tewin Orchard and Hilfield 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 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

With new protocols in place, our staff team are returning to limited areas of work on our nature reserves and in the wider countryside.

Most volunteer activities remain suspended but we have started a phased return to individual outdoor tasks where we can. It has been disappointing to have had to suspend so much activity across our sites, survey programmes and office support, but our priority remains to keep our volunteers, staff and supporters safe.

Inevitably, there is 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.

Events and Activities

All events have been cancelled until further notice, including the Festival of Wildlife, activities organised by Mid Herts Local Group and our badger watching programme.  We are in touch with all those with affected bookings.

A new programme of virtual and remote events is being developed for delivery online. You can find out more about what is on offer and how to book here.

How you can help

We rely on the generosity of our members and supporters, and we are grateful for their continued support. However, the closure of our St Albans office, suspension of the vast majority of our fundraising and membership recruitment activities and the cancellation of events is all having a great impact on our ability to raise vital funds for our work.

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