Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus - Latest update

Coronavirus Latest update - 09.04.21


Message from Tim Graham, Chief Executive Officer

With this lockdown soon to end, we are preparing to resume operations and activities that have been on hold for the last few months. The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, supporters and visitors is paramount and will continue to remain our first priority, we are carefully monitoring the developing guidance and will adjust any of our operations if we need to.

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 difficult 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 will reopen on Monday 12th April, there will be procedures in place throughout the reserve to keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe, so please follow signage and remain patient. 

Visitor Centres and car parks

Both visitor centres and car parks will be open from 12th April, face masks will be mandatory when inside both centres. There will be a limited number of people allowed in the centres at one time and we ask that you please adhere to social distancing.

You will also need to use the COVID Track and Trace system when entering the visitor centres. 

The gallery wall will be closed at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre. 

Birdwatching Hides

All birdwatching hides will be open from 12th April, there will only be a limited number of people allowed in the hides at once and face masks will be mandatory. 

Charnwood Lodge

Charnwood Lodge is now open to LRWT members only, please email with your membership number and we will provide you with more details on how to access the reserve.

Other reserves

All our other nature reserves will 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. Please check Government guidelines and follow the Countryside Code.

Thank you for helping us keep our nature reserves wild! 

In the 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 resumed from 13th March. Depending on the type of activity, others will resume between now and 12th April.

  • Osprey Monitoring resumed from Saturday 13th March, with volunteers working in pairs 
  • We are hoping to welcome the Rutland Habitats Team volunteers back on 6th April
  • The Rutland Survey and Recording volunteers will have a start date of 12th April
  • Assuming Government reviews and guidelines follow suit, we will welcome Visitor Centre volunteers back on 12th April

Other areas of volunteering will restart shortly, please await communication from the relevant LRWT staff member as we clarify any practicalities which remain. The welfare of LRWT volunteers is paramount at this time, so we will only restart activities where we think it is safe to do so.

If you have any queries regarding volunteering please email 


All education activities resumed on 8th March, if you have any enquiries please email


Birdfair 2021 has been cancelled, a more detailed announcement will follow. Please visit the Birdfair website for more information.

All badger watches at Rutland Water Nature Reserve are cancelled until after 21st June. If social distancing rules are relaxed after this date, we will consider resuming them. 

We hope to be able to resume face-to-face events later on this year and will be following Government guidance closely, as we make plans. Please check this page for any updates on events and to book onto our online talks. 

Our staff and offices

Most of our staff continue to work from home and our offices remain open for critical work. So please be patient with us as we may take a little longer to respond to messages and phone calls.

Conservation staff will only be carrying out essential duties on the reserves until lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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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