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 

In line with the ongoing government guidance about Coronavirus and minimising social interaction, we have had to dramatically change our planned events for 2020. Most activities involving direct contact with other individuals have been cancelled at present. We have, however, introduced a series of self-guided trails which allow social distancing at Hauxley - more information and downloads are available on our Vistor Centre page. We will run similar activities at Northumberlandia during school holidays.

Most of our wildlife groups have also cancelled group talks and walks. More details are available here and on their individual websites as applicable. We are running a limited number of events which can be delivered safely with distancing in place including In Focus at Hauxley. We have also developed some online events (talks, workshops) to enjoy from the safety of your home. Please visit our website events pages for more information.

Volunteering

We have been able to restart some of our volunteer activities on essential work where social distancing is possible and Covid19 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

Our café at Northumberlandia is now open seven days a week with a takeaway service only serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice cream. Opening times are Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 10:30 - 17:00. The toilet facilities are open in line with the visitor centre's opening times. Please see our events page for the most up to date information and downloadable trails. We ask that all visitors please follow the current government guidance while on site and in our visitor centre. We are experiencing high volumes of litter being dropped on the site so please use the bins provided and where possible take your litter home with you. 

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre and reserve is currently open six days a week. Opening times are Tues-Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Trace and Trace details are required from all visitors, and face coverings are required whilst inside any of our buildings. The Lookout café is now open ‘Covid-19 Secure’ and operating with a limited menu (soup, scones, cakes, coffee and tea) indoor waitress service from 10:00 - 16:00. Our toilets are open to our visitors, masks are required and our bird hides are open although access is limited. Whilst on site, please make sure you read the signage and listen to our staff's instructions as guidance changes frequently. Please note at the moment we do not have the resources to open the site for members only from 9:00-10:00. We will review this in due course.

The car park at Weetslade Country Park was reopened on 13 May 2020.

Due to local lockdown restrictions (18/09/20), we ask that you please do not access the hides on our reserves (not including Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre which is staffed) as it is too difficult to ensure social distancing. We have locked our hides at Big Waters until local restrictions are eased. We're sorry for any inconvenience but it is to ensure public safety at this time. 

If you are visiting Kielder Water & Forest Park please read a full statement from the Kielder team on their website here.

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.

Our online shop is open but with limited items due to restricted resources. Please allow more time for fulfilment of orders as the majority of staff are working from home.

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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