Coronavirus

Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s response to Coronavirus

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

Events 

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, we have a reduced schedule of events for 2021. We are still offering a number of online events (talks, workshops) and we are also starting to reintroduce some in-person activities again based on government guidance. Please visit our website events pages for more information. Most of our wildlife groups have also cancelled group talks and walks for the first part of 2021. More details are available here and on their individual websites as applicable.

Volunteering

We have been able to restart some of our volunteer activities where social distancing is possible and Covid-19 guidelines can be observed however we are not taking on any new volunteers for the moment. We are constantly reviewing how volunteering is impacted by continued government announcements and will keep volunteers informed accordingly.

Visitor Centres, Hides and Nature Reserves

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre and reserve is open with an outdoor takeaway café service providing drinks, snacks, cakes and ice cream. Opening hours are 9:30 to 17:00 daily. The bird hides and toilets are open. We also have a limited but varied program of events starting from 20th July (see events for more detail). The indoor café will start after the summer. Thank you for your continued support and patience. 

As of Monday 21 June 2021, Northumberlandia café is open with an outdoor seating area in operation. Hot and cold drinks, hot snacks, sweet treats and ice cream are available daily from 10:00 to 17:00. The toilet facilities are open in line with the visitor centre's opening times. You can contact the centre directly on 01670 738701. The site and car park remain open and we ask that everyone please follow the current government guidance whilst visiting. 

The car park at Weetslade Country Park was reopened on 13 May 2020. If you are visiting Kielder Water & Forest Park please read a full statement from the Kielder team on their website here.

Please follow the Government guidance when accessing the hides on our reserves and maintain social distancing with others

Northumberland Wildlife Trust urges visitors to our nature reserves to continue to follow social distancing guidelines to help control the spread of Covid-19.  Please stick to paths and keep dogs under close control. Please note that we are not in a position to provide hand sanitising facilities at our reserves, therefore we ask that you take your own to use when visiting. Finally, please can we ask you to take your litter home with you as our staff are only able to empty litter bins infrequently during this period. If you do visit our sites, please act responsibly, avoid social contact and consider others.

Membership

We are still able to process membership which remains a valuable source of income for the Trust. Please note that there may be a slightly longer lead time to receiving your new membership pack during this period. Please visit our membership page for more information.

Our online shop is open but please note that we are currently only despatching items once a week as office access is limited for staff safety. Visit the shop page for more information.

A Challenging Future

As a small charity, we are heavily reliant on public goodwill to keep our activities going into the future. We foresee that the coming weeks and months will be extremely challenging given the projected loss of incoming funds to the Trust. Therefore anything you can spare to donate to important conservation work is very much appreciated. We need your support more than ever! Thank you.

We will update this page as soon as we receive any new information. If you have questions about general wildlife, events or volunteering, please get in touch via email (mail@northwt.org.uk ). Thank you for all your support and patience during this time.

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