Our response to Coronavirus

Our response to Coronavirus

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is urging people to enjoy local wildlife and maintain a connection with nature to help boost their wellbeing, whilst remaining mindful of guidance.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is led by the latest Government announcements about the roadmap out of a national lockdown. Like everybody else, 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. 

All GWT nature reserves remain open. 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.

Our indoor café spaces at Robinswood Hill and Greystones Farm are now open. You are still able to get a take-away, but if you would prefer to sit in (perfect to escape a rainy day!) then it is now possible to do so. Please do make sure to bring a mask to wear whilst entering the café and whilst not sitting at a table, and that you remember to adhere to current social distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, our café at Crickley Hill is only open for take-away as the indoor space is too small to allow customers to socially distance.

We are pleased that our Tramper hire will be resuming at Crickley Hill. We are also introducing a Tramper for the use of visitors to Robinswood Hill. And training of new Countryside Mobility members can begin again.

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.

With schools now open again, our learning programme has also restarted. You can also check out the pages on our website which have activities on how to stay connected to wildlife at home.

We are also welcoming back volunteers, outdoor groups of volunteers can now increase to 30 which is nearly back to normal for many of our groups. And indoors, groups of up to six volunteers can now work together. A massive thanks to all our volunteers for your patience during this lockdown.

In line with current Government advice we have cancelled our events for the foreseeable future. We’re beginning to run more COVID-secure events, please check out events pages to find out more. 

Like many other businesses and charities, staff are home working where possible for now – but we are planning on gradually returning to our offices. As a result, our response to your queries might be slower than usual. Please bear with us and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

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