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Nature in lockdown

COVID-19 update - national lockdown

Nature is an essential service, for both the wellbeing of people and for wildlife. It is critical that we continue to deliver conservation work and we also feel it is crucial to keep our reserves as accessible as possible for the local communities in which they sit. Once again, we need nature now more than ever.

This won’t be an easy task for us as a charity, as the lockdown also means we will have to put many of our income streams on pause, including our vital fundraising activities. To all of our members who have stood by our side throughout this, thank you. Please continue to stand by us, and your local wildlife.

Our reserves will remain open (excluding Seaforth Nature Reserve which is now closed), but we do ask that you follow the rules when visiting. This means only in your household or support bubble. You must stick to your local reserves (with some travel permitted to access your local green space). Please make sure you keep 2m apart at all times and please check our opening times as they may change. 

Under the Government restrictions you can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

Read the full guidelines

Nature is still open, and it is still here for you.

Reserve facilities

In order to comply with the current guidelines and keep everyone safe, some of our facilities have closed:

All visitor centre shops and interpretation centres will remain closed (visitor centres will be open for toilet access only).

All reserve hides will be closed.

Viewing screens will remain open. Please ensure you keep your distance from both the viewing screens and other households.

All catering provision at Brockholes and Mere Sands Wood will be closed. 


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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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Barn owl by Andy Rouse/2020VISION