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, May, June, July and much of August. We are however running a series of self-guided trails which allow social distancing at Northumberlandia and Hauxley over the summer months - please visit our events pages for more details here. .

We have been able to restart some of our more distanced volunteer tasks in recent weeks but this is by invitation only and we are not taking on new volunteers for the moment. We're asking all volunteers to please bear with us, we need to do this gradually and with your safety as a top priority.

Visitor Centres, Hides and Nature Reserves

Our café at Northumberlandia reopened on Thursday 25th June 2020. From Monday 20th July, we will be open seven days a week with a takeaway service including hot drinks, snacks and ice cream. Opening times are Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00. The toilet facilities are also now open. The car park at Northumberlandia reopened on 28 May 2020 and the reserve remains open as previous. We ask that all visitors please follow the normal rules that apply on site, such as no bikes and dogs under close control. 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 limited volunteers working, so your help keeping the site safe and enjoyable for everyone is really appreciated.

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre and reserve reopened to the general public on Thursday 9th July. From Tuesday 21st July, we will be open six days a week. Opening times are Tues-Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Visitors no longer need to book. Light refreshments (including hot and cold drinks) may be purchased from the takeaway (through reception, immediately right) and toilets are open to visitors to the reserve. Whilst on site, please make sure you read the signage and listen to our staff's instructions. We recommend that you bring your own hand sanitiser and use facial coverings whilst inside the Centre and the hides. 

The car park at Weetslade Country Park was reopened on 13 May 2020. Our lockable/members' hides at Holywell Pond and Big Waters are still closed for now, 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 for the time being.

Kielder Waterside reopened on 4th July and many of the car parks reopened from Wednesday 20 May including the parking at Bakethin reserve. We 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 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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