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LOCKDOWN NOTICE: OUR NATURE RESERVES ARE OPEN

We know how important access to nature is for you all, especially during these difficult times, so our nature reserves remain open whilst complying fully with new government guidelines.

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Some of our nature reserves aren't just nature reserves. Some of them are extra special.

As well as peaceful retreats from every day worries and refuges for our region's wonderful wildlife, a handful of the wild places in our care also have visitor centres, shops or cafes - sometimes all three!

We've developed these nature reserves to make your visit even more memorable, and to help you develop an even deeper connection with the wildlife and wild places we're so lucky to have on our doorstep in Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.

Whether you want to watch a heron hunt as you sit, lake-side, and sip on a hot chocolate; pick up a unique gift for a loved one; or ask a member of staff your burning wildlife questions; come along and explore!

Even more nature moments

While not all of our nature reserves have car parks or visitor facilities, they're incredible places to spot wildlife and get away from it all. From towering limestone cliffs and ancient woods to urban oases and rare peatlands, there is always somewhere different to explore.

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Jon Hawkins

Keeping you safe

The Good to Go accreditation has been awarded to Lancashire Wildlife Trust

We want you to enjoy your visit as much as possible, safe in the knowledge that we're fully compliant with government guidelines about Coronavirus. You can view our organisational risk assessment here.

Brockholes, Mere Sands Wood and The Cafe at Moss Bank Park have been awarded Visit England's 'We're Good to Go' COVID-safe accreditation, and we ask that you please stick to social distancing and hygiene guidelines at all of our nature reserves. Follow any directional signage and wear a face covering indoors - this includes enclosed bird hides.

For the sake of the wildlife that calls our nature reserves home, please take all rubbish home with you, stick to footpaths and only take your four-legged friend to our dog-friendly nature reserves, where they can enjoy the sights and smells on their lead.

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust Visitor Code of Conduct for safety during COVID-19

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