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 2020/2021. Most activities involving direct contact with other individuals have been cancelled at present. We have, however, developed a series of self-guided trails which allow social distancing which launch at Northumberlandia from 5th December. Please note that due to the Hauxley site closure, In Focus has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. 

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. Please note that most of our wildlife groups have also cancelled group talks and walks. More details are available here and on their individual websites as applicable.

Volunteering

We have been able to restart some of our volunteer activities on essential work 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

Unfortunately, Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre will remain closed for the coming weeks due to Tier 4 restrictions. As a small charity, we do not have the resources to safely reopen the centre and reserve at this time. We're sorry for any inconvenience and will review the situation again on updated government guidance. All of our other Nature Reserves on Druridge Bay will remain open. Thank you for your support and patience.

Northumberlandia café and toilets were closed on 30th December due to tighter government restrictions. We're currently reviewing the new rules with staff and visitor safety at the forefront of any decisions made. 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.

Due to lockdown restrictions, we ask that you please do not access the hides on our reserves 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. 

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 information including details of our 50% off January sale.

Our online shop is open but only currently for sale of downloadable items, as access to our office and merchandise 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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