7 Top tips for visiting GWT nature reserves

7 Top tips for visiting GWT nature reserves

Coombe Hill (c) Susan Cook

As the weather gets warmer and lockdown restrictions relax, we want everyone to be able to get outside and enjoy Gloucestershire’s wild places. So, we’ve put together our seven top tips to care for wildlife, and for others, while you’re out and about on GWT nature reserves:

 

1. Look after each other

Be considerate of the local community when visiting a wild place, as well as others out enjoying themselves. Follow paths but give way to others if they become narrow, and leave gates as you found them.

 

2. Love wildlife

Wildlife needs space without people around, so please try to stay on paths where possible – there’s so much to see from them and you’re helping to give birds, mammals and reptiles some peace and quiet.

 

3. Look after livestock

We love our cows and sheep and they are hard at work making space for wildlife on nature reserves. They don’t mind a photo, but can get scared if you get too close. They can get really scared if dogs chase them and become stressed or even sick.

 

4. Protect nature

BBQs and fires in your own garden can be fun — but they are a big threat to wildlife and wild places. Help care for nature by enjoying a picnic instead! Leave wild spaces as you found them and take any litter home with you.

Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a short lead and pick up dog mess as you go.

 

5. Enjoy the outdoors (…and avoid getting lost too!)

To get the most out of your visit and enjoy it in a safe and respectful way, follow advice and local signs. Be sure to practice social distancing during your visit.

 

6. Help save the planet

If you visit on foot, by bicycle or on public transport then thank you for being a carbon hero! We know it’s not always possible to do — and nature reserves can be challenging to reach — so if you do drive, please park considerately by avoiding entrances and access ways.

 

7. Make memories with us!

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