Accessing our nature reserves during the pandemic

Accessing our nature reserves during the pandemic

Jon Hawkins/Surrey Hills Photography

In response to the recent additional lockdown measures being implemented in England on 5th November 2020, some of the Trust’s services and facilities will be affected.

Both Brandon Marsh and Parkridge will remain open but will be operating in a different way. You can click on both these links to read more details about how you can visit both of these beautiful places safely.

Our staff continue to work hard to facilitate current opening times for both these reserves. 

We will provide updates on our website, but please also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

All of our other nature reserves continue to remain open to enable you to connect with nature on your doorstep. Please remember to wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering and maintain 2m from each other.

Our bird hides are locked at Brandon Marsh, but at other sites we are asking people not to use them during the lockdown.

We want to remind visitors that they must follow the advice of the government and ensure that they do not visit if they present symptoms of Covid-19 to keep themselves and other people safe.  Symptoms include:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of taste and smell

Whilst many of our staff continue to work from home, our aim is to ensure we can maintain essential practical work and habitat management on our nature reserves. In line with government guidance, our staff and volunteers will continue to work safely and in line with the thorough controls we have put in place to keep them and our visitors safe during the pandemic.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience since the pandemic took hold, and look forward to seeing you all again soon. 

Read our COVID-19 policy

Staying active

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.

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