Responding to new government guidelines
Wednesday 13 May
Following the Government’s announcements to ease restrictions on Sunday, we know many of you will be keen to see our closed sites reopen. As a Trust, we take the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers very seriously. Many of our staff remain on furlough, which is helping us secure the future of our charity while so many of our income sources remain on ‘pause’.
Our task and monitoring team have been doing an excellent job of looking after our wild places, and sadly tackling the rising anti-social behaviour. Litter is at an all-time high with footfall increasing significantly on many sites that were once rarely visited.
We would love to open our doors to you again at our most popular sites such as Brockholes, Mere Sands Wood and Lunt Meadows, but we must ensure we have the measures in place to do so safely. Whilst we have thoroughly enjoyed watching wildlife flock to these sites, we do not feel it is quite the time to encourage people to do the same.
It is crucial that any wildlife which has ‘moved in’ to more public areas is protected. At Little Woolden Moss, we have recently closed some of the paths as we have seen birds nesting very closely to them.
Wildlife has been helping us all through this difficult time in so many ways, and we hope that many will emerge from isolation with a newfound love and care for our natural world. We must repay the favour now and work hard to secure nature’s recovery.
We all have an individual role to play in the fight against this pandemic, and as an organisation we are committed to playing a collective and positive role. For now, our car parks will remain closed. We will let you know as soon as we are able to open them. Our visitor centres will follow later and when it is safe to do so, and we have all the measures in place. We will keep you all informed.
Thank you for your continued support and patience through this, it has been wonderful to see so many of you stepping up for wildlife when it’s needed most. Thanks to you, we can continue to care for our local wild places.
Anne Selby - CEO