Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

We know it is an uncertain time for everyone and our usual way of life will be very different for a while.

Brockholes Nature Reserve closed

Tuesday 24 March

Going from the latest Government guidelines regarding COVID-19, Lancashire Wildlife Trust has taken the decision to close the gates to Brockholes from this evening.

This is for the health and safety of our visitors and staff and we will be reviewing the situation and following Government advice weekly and hope to be open again very soon.

Once again, thank you to all our visitors for your continued support at this unprecedented time. Please enjoy nature and wildlife in your own homes and gardens and follow our social media channels for ideas to keep you busy in this isolation period.

We promise to be back soon and can't wait to see you there.

Gates closed

Brockholes Visitor Village and all visitor centres closed

Friday 20 March

With the announcement from the Government this evening, we are very sad to say that tonight we will be pulling up our drawbridge and closing the Visitor Village at Brockholes and closing our facilities at Mere Sands Wood and Moss Bank Park, until further notice.

We can’t thank our wonderful visitors, staff and volunteers enough for your support recently. Nature is still open for business, you can still visit our nature reserves, please take care of them if you do and help us keep them special for everyone who visits, including the wildlife.

We know some places are offering free parking and we understand why, but our parking charges at Brockholes and Mere Sands Wood will still apply. We are a small charity facing a huge income loss and we are determined to keep going to look after local wildlife, and the people in the communities where we work.

Rest assured, we will be back and when we are we will need your support more than ever!

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and don’t forget to spend some time enjoying nature wherever you can.

 

A message to all of our supporters

Thursday 19 March 2020

As an organisation, we take our role in our communities seriously and we are aware that, for many, we are an essential part of their social contact.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we have an internal task team focusing on this to ensure we are making the best decisions hour by hour. We already know how critical nature is to health and wellbeing, but now it seems that nature will be a lifeline to many.

For those who are unable to get outdoors, our teams are busy working to pull together ways in which you can enjoy natural wellbeing in your gardens, or share your favourite nature moments with us online.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority and we are closely following Government guidelines. As the situation changes daily, so will our actions accordingly.

We are, as yet, uncertain of the long-term impact. Our teams are still working hard to protect nature on your behalf, whilst taking the necessary precautions. I would ask that you please continue to support us if you are able to. Your local wildlife needs you now more than ever.

I know many of you will have concerns, many of you will be required to isolate from your usual routines and social interactions. The Wildlife Trust movement has an army of supporters - you are and always will be part of this force for nature. And you can be sure we will be here for you and our wonderful wildlife however we can.

We may be facing the unknown, but we can work together and keep our wild community sharing the wonders of the natural world together, however we can.

We will be stopping all volunteering activities and events until further notice, but we will keep our reserves open for as long as we can.

For now, the cafes at Brockholes and Moss Bank Park will remain open. 

Mere Sands Wood nature reserve will remain open, but the visitor facilities will not. Our other nature reserves remain open.

In our visitor centres we are taking extra precautions, including card only payments.

Let’s keep working together to ensure the wildlife of Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside is still in our hearts and minds.

Anne Selby
CEO – The Lancashire Wildlife Trust