Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust response to Coronavirus
We have been assessing the Covid-19 situation daily and are constantly reviewing our events and public spaces, taking sensible steps to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers and members of the public.
We are thinking of all our wonderful members, volunteers and supporters at this time, and hope you all stay safe. We recognise how important nature is for our wellbeing, and plan to send out regular updates for things you can do from home, or in your garden.
If you have recently received a copy of the Trust magazine and What’s On Guide, or are planning to attend any of the events listed on our website, please be aware that we have cancelled all our upcoming events until further notice.
Following the Government’s latest announcement we are taking further steps to help limit the spread of Covid-19. Please note that from now we will be closing all of our car parks. We may also need to close part/all of some nature reserves in the coming days and weeks to protect the safety of our staff working on site as well as the public. We have also taken the decision to close our education centres and bird hides to the public.
- We have seen a lot more pressure on some of our nature reserves, similar to other open spaces. It is very difficult to practice good social distancing on some of our nature reserves which puts both members of the public and our staff at risk, so we have needed to take steps to mitigate this.
- As an organisation, in line with government requirements, we are working to have skeleton staff on site and want to protect them as much as possible. It may not be possible to carry out some essential health and safety works needed on trees/footpaths and fencing during this time, so we may need to close areas/footpaths.
- The guidelines from the government are clear, people need to stay at home. If a visit to your local (walking distance) nature reserve is a daily occurrence and is built into your exercise time this is fine, but we absolutely want to limit people driving to sites and discourage increased footfall.
Please be patient if you are trying to get in touch with any enquiries. The service from the main office at Beechcroft is slower than usual as we try and deal with the volume of incoming enquiries and make plans for future operations.
Stay safe and take care. We are in this together.