Stay wild during the COVID-19 outbreak
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Tuesday 23rd June, we are pleased to hear that nationally we are now in a position to further ease some of the lockdown measures rightly introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Over the last few weeks, we have been working hard behind the scenes to work out a safe process to enable Brandon Marsh Nature Centre and its associated nature reserve to reopen. This is an extremely complex process requiring detailed consideration of parking, toilets, access along narrow pathways, and bird hides that encourage social gathering, which up until now have not been possible to reopen.
Following the latest Government announcement we are pleased to announce that we will be aiming to trial a partial reopening of Brandon Marsh from Tuesday 14th July. We will provide further detailed information on this in due course, but it will involve a booking system and restricted numbers of visitors on a trial basis, whilst we test the new systems which will be in place.
All of our other nature reserves continue to remain open to enable you to connect with nature on your doorstep.
Following the reopening of Brandon Marsh, we will also be looking to reopen the Parkridge Centre on a trial basis, with a limited take-away food and drinks menu. Further information on this will follow in due course.
We are now starting to plan how we can safely restart our volunteer activities. However, this is going to be a staged process with some roles being able to return quicker than others. It is going to take us some time to work through all of the different activities and put the necessary measures in place so please bear with us as we go through this process. Things will most definitely be different when we do return but we are very much looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as we can and we thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we work through this challenging process.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience over the last few weeks, and we hope to be able to restart some of our operations soon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we've been receiving about how we're coping with the coronavirus outbreak, and what it means for access to our reserves. We hope this answers your queries.
Can you just open Brandon Marsh nature reserve and keep the shop and tearoom closed?
Brandon Marsh is our most popular nature reserve and a busy visitor attraction; it is also home to Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s HQ. The management team are working very hard on getting staff back to work safely; the next step will be to look at how we can begin to welcome visitors again. Whilst there is open space, there are also gates to get through, narrow paths that are not conducive to social distancing and enclosed spaces such as the bird hides. Although lockdown rules are changing, it is clear that we will need to make some adaptations to the site; please bear with us as this will take some time.
Can you open Brandon Marsh nature reserve to members only?
We appreciate that Brandon is special to many of our members and that you miss visiting. Whilst we are very lucky to have a large reserve, we are also lucky to have a large number of members! There are thousands of members within the surrounding area, so unfortunately it is not as simple as it might seem to allow you to visit. The ongoing support of our members during this challenging time has been overwhelming. Now, more than ever, we appreciate and value all the different ways you show us that you care about nature and the environment. Thank you.
Other places are open, why aren't you?
Every organisation has different resources, staffing levels, and site layouts. Please be assured we are working hard and are looking at every possible way to reopen Brandon Marsh, but it is our duty to ensure this is done in a controlled manner with the safety of our staff and visitors in mind.
In light of the coronavirus outbreak, maintaining a connection with the natural world is more important than ever to ensure we're taking good care of our physical and mental health and wellbeing.
It's really important to stay active and exercise where you can. Just a bit of time every day spent in nature can help relieve stress and improve mental wellbeing. This can be as simple as doing morning yoga in your own back garden!
Many of our office-based staff are working from home and this will be the normal working practise until the current emergency passes. This may mean that the service from the main office is slower than usual, please bear with us and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Click the link below for more information about how to keep yourself occupied, healthy and in touch with nature in the coming weeks.