Coronavirus Update

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

The Trust is keeping a close eye on guidance about Covid-19 and taking necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our supporters, volunteers, staff and the public. We will continue to update this page as the situation develops to keep you informed about the measures we are taking and how this affects you.

Updated 14 May 2020

Where we are safely able to do so, we continue to work for wildlife in Hertfordshire and Middlesex. The majority of our staff are working remotely until further notice and our office is closed. If you need to get in touch with us, the best way is via email. Find the right person to contact here.

Visiting nature reserves

Wild places are important for our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly at times of stress. We continue to care for these sites as best we can under the current restrictions. Please remember that these sites are havens for wildlife and that spring is a busy breeding time for many species. Please be extra vigilant not to disturb the local wildlife.

Broadwater Lake, Lemsford Springs and Tewin Orchard remain closed. All other reserves with public access remain open, but all our hides are closed to protect visitors. In addition, the Dragonfly Trail at Amwell Nature Reserve is closed. If you do intend to visit a reserve please make sure you do it safely and adhere to Government advice and social distancing regulations. We encourage you to leave the car at home and only visit on foot or bicycle. 

Natural England have some helpful advice on ensuring your visit is safe and does not cause any disturbance to wildlife.

Events

We have had to cancel our events until the end of July, 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. 
Please do take part in our WildatHome project which can help to keep you learning about and connected with nature during this time. Each week is themed around a different aspect of wildlife and includes blogs, videos, activities, crafts, spotter sheets, quizzes and lots more.  You can find out more and sign up here

Volunteering

All volunteer recruitment and practical volunteer activities are suspended until further notice. We continue to review the changing guidance and hope to be able to resume some areas of volunteering in due course. We are in regular contact with our volunteers to keep them updated.

Conservation work

Sadly we are unable to carry out most of our usual conservation and infrastructure work on nature reserves, and much of our work in the wider countryside. In the meantime we continue to do what we can, including caring for our busy flock of sheep, preparing management plans and new project proposals, and standing up for nature through our planning and national campaign work.  This will inevitably mean there is going to be a lot of catching up to do once the current situation eases.

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 us continue to care for wildlife by donating online or by joining as a member. 

Wild At Home

When you can't come to wildlife, wildlife needs to come to you. We've launched #WildAtHome to help you discover and enjoy wildlife in your garden and on your doorstep. Sign up to our e-news for weekly inspiration and activities straight to your inbox and find more information and all resources here

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