Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus - Latest update

Coronavirus Latest update - 19.07.21


Message from Tim Graham, Chief Executive Officer

As restrictions lift even further from July 19th we are preparing to resume operations and activities that have been on hold or restricted previously.

The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, supporters and visitors continues to be paramount and will remain our first priority.

We will continue to make sure any updates are communicated here, so please keep checking our website. Checking online before you visit any of our reserves is the best way to make sure you are not inconvenienced and can follow the appropriate protocols where they are required. 

I would like to thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We remain incredibly grateful to all our wonderful members, volunteers and supporters; we could not continue our work without you. Together we can build a wilder future for Leicestershire and Rutland.

Stay safe and well

Tim Graham, CEO. 

Nature Reserves

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Rutland Water Nature Reserve is open. There are procedures in place throughout the reserve to keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe. We apologise for any inevitable hold-ups that may arise as a result of high numbers of visitors, and we thank you for your patience.

Visitor Centres and car parks

Our visitor centres and car parks are open and face coverings are encouraged when inside both centres. Whilst numbers of people are no longer restricted in the centres, we do ask that you are respectful of others and maintain some distance when possible.

Those attending our Volunteer Training Centre for an activity day or meeting will be asked to provide lateral flow test within the previous 24 hours of their visit to help protect our staff working from this base.

There is no longer an obligation to use the COVID Track and Trace system when entering the visitor centres. We will provide a link to the service at our venues for visitors who wish to use them.

Birdwatching Hides

All birdwatching hides are open to the public with no formal restrictions on numbers. We encourage the wearing of face coverings and being respectful of others with regards to distancing during your visit when possible. The hide windows will be fixed open to aid ventilation.

Other reserves

All our other nature reserves remain open to support appropriate and local access to the outdoors. 

How to stay safe and stay wild on our reserves:

  1. Please don't gather or block narrow paths and stay on waymarked paths 
  2. Take your rubbish home with you
  3. Don't start fires or barbeques
  4. Be careful of ground-nesting birds 
  5. Remember nature reserves are special places for wildlife, take extra care when visiting to cause as little disturbance as possible.
  6. Some of our reserves may have grazing livestock on them. If you are visiting with a dog, please make sure it does not go near the livestock and keep it under control at all times
  7. Please check Government guidelines and follow the Countryside Code.

Thank you for helping us keep our nature reserves wild! 

In the hopefully rare case that we identify unacceptable anti-sociable behaviour or a potential risk to safety or to wildlife, we may need to close access to some or all of a reserve with less notice than we normally like to give. Therefore, we urge you to please check the website before visiting.


Volunteering activities will no longer be limited by numbers outdoors. They are operating as usual with arrangements provided by your regular volunteering lead contact.

The welfare of LRWT volunteers is paramount at this time, so we will only deliver activities where we think it is safe to do so. In general they are now operating at normal levels. If you have any queries regarding volunteering please email 


Birdfair 2021 has been cancelled. Please visit the Birdfair website for more information.

Our family events are continuing and will now be allowed for siblings aged between 1 and 5 to join with parents up to a maximum pre-booked number of 45 people per event outside.

Please check this page for any updates on events and to book onto our online talks. 

Our staff and offices

Throughout July most of our staff continue to work from home, so please be patient with us as we may take a little longer to respond to messages and phone calls. We will be welcoming more staff back into our offices over the coming weeks and months and will provide an update here when things change significantly.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch at

From all at LRWT, stay safe and well

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