Our response to the Coronavirus

An update from GWT regarding Covid-19. [Updated 06 November 2020]

Like everybody else, here at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust we’ve had to adapt to changes and new challenges to the way we operate. We are still working hard to deliver nature’s recovery in our county – just finding new ways to do it during the pandemic. 

We’re closely monitoring government advice about COVID-19 and updating this statement to reflect how it impacts on our work.

All GWT nature reserves are open during the November lockdown. Please check the individual nature reserve pages before travelling – car parks will be open unless stated otherwise on these pages. Please visit nature reserves with sensitivity and care, making sure to adhere to current government guidelines around social distancing. We have also created some guidance about how to visit your favourite wild places safely.

Sadly many of the wild places we care for have been subject to an increase in fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour. If you see anything you want to report, please do let us know at info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk  

Our cafés at Crickley Hill and Robinswood Hill are also open, offering a takeaway service. Crickley Hill Café is open from 9am-5pm and Robinswood Hill Café from 10am-4pm daily. We’re serving from the hatches only, with a queuing system in place, as well as adopting enhanced cleaning practices to keep both customers and the café teams safe. We would ask our customers to wear a mask when ordering at the hatch.

Please note that parking charges at Crickley Hill remain payable. Parking funds go directly towards our work which means that you’re helping local wildlife every time you visit. Alternatively, you can also purchase a parking permit which allows you to make unlimited visits.

It’s not just on nature reserves where you’ll find us working hard for nature. For example, volunteers are working across the county where it is safe to do so, our learning team continue to work with school groups, and we continue to work with planners and developers to secure the best outcomes for nature.

In line with current Government advice we have cancelled our events for the foreseeable future. We will continue to monitor the situation so please check our events pages for updates and information. 

Like many other businesses and charities, many of our staff have been home working where possible. Since the summer, we’ve been welcoming back more staff, including at our newly revamped HQ at Robinswood Hill. However, the new lockdown for November 2020 means that all staff will be working at home where they can. As a result, our response to your queries might be slower than usual. Please bear with us and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

We’re thinking of all our members and supporters at this time and hope you all stay safe. We recognise how important nature is for our wellbeing, and have pulled together a suite of new pages on our website to provide inspiration and activities on how to stay connected to wildlife. 

Thank you for all your support, and please take care.

Roger Mortlock, Chief Executive

Your support is greatly appreciated

Please donate to support us during this time

Vaughn Matthews