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 and Volunteering

In line with the ongoing government guidance about Coronavirus and minimising social interaction, we have now cancelled all Northumberland Wildlife Trust events and scheduled volunteer tasks for March, April and much of May 2020.

Visitor Centres, Hides and Nature Reserves

Our visitor centres and cafés at Hauxley and Northumberlandia remain closed. At present Hauxley reserve remains closed as access is through our centre and we do not believe it is appropriate to open at this time. 

Following the recent government announcements and decision by Northumberland County Council to open country parks, we have now opened the car park at Weetslade Country Park (13 May 2020). 

The car park at Northumberlandia is now open (28 May 2020). We ask that all visitors please follow the normal rules that apply on site, such as no bikes and dogs under close control. Please also note that there are currently no toilet or hand washing facilities available. 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. We still only have 50% of staff and limited volunteers working, so your help keeping the site safe and enjoyable for everyone is really appreciated.

Our lockable/members' hides at Holywell Pond and Big Waters are also closed, and we have closed the boardwalk at Big Waters as there are no social distancing provisions. Please do not use the open access hides on our reserves.

Kielder Waterside remains closed but there will be a phased reopening of some car parks from Wednesday 20 May which includes the Bakethin reserve. We appreciate that people want to start visiting the Kielder area again, but would urge anybody who does choose to visit to be respectful of the local communities. Read a full statement from the Kielder team on their website here.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust urges visitors to our nature reserves (excluding Hauxley which remains closed for public access), 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 currently closed as we do not have the means to fulfil orders given the majority of our staff are working from home at present.

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 our important conservation work is so very much appreciated. We need your support more than ever! Thank you.

We are monitoring the changing situation and guidance daily, and we will update this page as soon as we receive any new information. We ask that all supporters and visitors take sensible precautions, and respect and support each other, our staff and our volunteers. As soon as we can safely review our situation, we will. 

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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