At Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) we are closely monitoring government advice about COVID-19 and updating this statement to reflect how it impacts on our work. We want to continue our work to restore nature in Gloucestershire, doing this in a way that is safe for our staff, volunteers and members of the public.
Like everybody else, we have had to adapt quickly to huge changes and new challenges to the way we operate. To comply with government guidelines and restrictions, we’ve closed our visitor and learning centres, and at the moment can only undertake essential work on nature reserves. Like many other businesses and charities, many of our staff are home working where possible.
Following recent changes which permit driving to and more frequent exercise, all GWT car parks are now open. Please check the individual nature reserve pages before travelling – the car park will be open unless stated otherwise on these pages. 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.
As of July our cafés at Crickley Hill and Greystones Farm have also re-opened. Crickley Hill Café is open from 9am-5pm daily and Greystones Café from 10am-4pm Thursday through Sunday. We are serving take-away 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. Please do pop in for a cup of tea and slice of cake, or try our new summer menu which includes sandwiches and lunches.
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.
In many cases, wildlife on nature reserves has taken advantage of a quieter time in the countryside to go about their business feeding and raising young. In some cases this is happening in unusual places; close to visitor pathways and entrances, so we ask visitors to bear this in mind when visiting GWT sites, and follow the countryside code.
Sadly many of our sites 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 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
As our staff are working from home and our response to things might be slower than usual. Please bear with us and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We are 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 whilst at home.
If you want to know more about the impact of COVID-19 on Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, I’ve written a blog to explain some of the challenges.
Thank you for all your support, and please take care.
Roger Mortlock, Chief Executive