Coronavirus Update

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

6th August 2021

In line with the Government’s roadmap, reduced restrictions are in place, but we will continue to put safety first.  Our duty of care to our staff, volunteers, members and visitors remains our top priority.

We will continue to follow guidance set out by the Government, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Institute of Fundraising, and Public Health England, as well as The Wildlife Trusts movement. We have an updated Covid-19 risk assessment in place.  All measures are being reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep our staff, volunteers and visitors safe.

Staying in touch

Many of our staff continue to work from home and our offices remain closed to the public.

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

Visiting our Nature reserves

Most of our sites remain open to the public.

Our hides have reopened – in line with Government guidance on enclosed spaces, all visitors are asked to wear a face mask unless exempt – our teams will be doing the same.

We ask that all visitors follow Government guidance to avoid contact with those you do not live with when visiting our sites.  Remember to allow sufficient space for your fellow visitors where possible..

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.

Sites where other restrictions are in place:

  • Broadwater Lake - closed due to ongoing works by HS2 and risks to public safety
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir - closed due to limitations around controlled access.  We hope to resume access to short-term key loans for Trust members soon; this will require some changes to arrangements so please check here for the latest updates before you contact the Trust to enquire about access.

Volunteering

We continue to reintroduce volunteering, although some activities may still include restrictions on numbers. All activities will be subject to our Covid-secure protocols and all volunteers must be registered with the Trust before joining an activity.

Please keep an eye on our webpages for new opportunities and the latest updates.

Staying Connected to Nature

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

We continue to deliver a limited programme of guided walks and other outdoor activities including drop-in events at our sites.  You can see what’s on and make your booking here..

We continue 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 and Wild Child pages.

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

Can you help?

This has been a particularly challenging time for all of us.

Please consider helping the Trust to make a difference to wildlife by donating.  All money raised helps us to continue our work to protect wildlife and wild places across Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

Every donation, big or small, will make a huge difference.

You can also help by joining as a member.

Thank you.

Where to find more information

You can find details of Government guidance about how to continue to keep yourself and others safe here.   

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

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