The Wildlife Trusts' response to Coronavirus

The health and wellbeing of the public, volunteers and staff are of utmost importance to The Wildlife Trusts, and we have therefore been keeping a close eye on government advice in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday 24th March

In light of yesterday's announcement from the Government, a number of Wildlife Trusts have taken the hard decision to close nature reserves with a high footfall. However, the majority of our nature reserves remain open with free access. If you intend on visiting any of our nature reserves in order to take your one-form of exercise a day (e.g. running, walking), please follow Government guidance and only visit those you can reach by foot and abide by the advice on social distancing, which can be found here

For the latest information on nature reserve closures in your local area, please check your Wildlife Trust's website.

Sunday 22nd March

Some Wildlife Trusts are now considering closing some nature reserves, including car parks, due to high visitor numbers. While we know that access to nature is important for health and wellbeing, it's equally essential that Wildlife Trusts prioritise the safety of their staff and visitors. Check your local Wildlife Trust's website for further details. 

We urge everybody to continue to practice social distancing everywhere, and isolation where required.

Spending time in your garden or noticing nature from your window can help to relieve stress and improve mental wellbeing. We've got a page full of activities to help you.

Ideas for staying connected

Wildlife Trusts carry out important work for wildlife and wild places. Thank you to all supporters for your continued understanding during these exceptional times.

Wednesday 18th March

In recent days, Wildlife Trusts across the UK have been evaluating the services they provide involving social contact and making informed decisions about these given the current situation we are all in.

If you are intending to visit a Wildlife Trust reserve or visitor centre, or take part in Wildlife Trust events or activities in the coming weeks, please check the website of your Wildlife Trust for information on any planned closures or cancellations. You can find your Wildlife Trust here. Updates will be posted on websites and via social media channels.

Stay close to nature

Many Wildlife Trust nature reserves remain open and provide excellent places to unwind and take in the fresh air away from crowds. During this difficult time, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection with the natural world. 

Find your local nature reserve

If you are unable to make it to a local nature reserve, then time noticing nature in your garden or other outdoor space can also help relieve stress and improve mental wellbeing.

We’ll also be sharing fun activities for families to enjoy through our websites and social media channels. Do look out for more in the coming days. You might see a few familiar faces! 

Five Ways to Wellbeing   Ideas for staying connected

Wildlife Trusts would not be able to carry out the important work we do for people and nature without our supporters and we thank you all for your continued support during these exceptional times – and wish you all well.

The Wildlife Trusts