Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus - Latest update

Coronavirus Latest update - 06.01.2021

 

Message from Tim Graham, Chief Executive Officer

As we head into another lockdown, I want to reassure you that we will continue to work hard to protect and enhance the wildlife and wild places of Leicestershire and Rutland to the best of our ability. We will again be making some changes to our operations during this period in line with government guidelines, but will be carefully monitoring the developing guidance and adjust our activities as we know more.

The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, supporters and the general public is paramount during this time. We thank you for your patience and will make sure any updates are communicated here. Checking our website 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 as we all adapt to the new lockdown. Nature will continue to play an important role in our lives during this difficult time and your support enables our critical work to continue. We remain incredibly grateful to all our wonderful members, volunteers and supporters, and together we can build a wilder future for Leicestershire and Rutland.

Stay safe and well

Tim Graham, CEO. 

Nature Reserves

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

In light of the new restrictions, Rutland Water Nature Reserve will be closed until further notice. All facilities will be CLOSED including the car parks at Egleton and Lyndon, visitor centres, toilets, bird hides and tracks.

Charnwood Lodge

Charnwood Lodge is now open to LRWT members only, please email info@lrwt.org.uk 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. Take Government guidelines into consideration and follow the Countryside Code.  Please keep 2 meters away from anyone not in your household. 

2. Stay local and use green spaces near to you. Only walk or cycle where you can and think twice about travelling by car. See how much nature you can discover on your doorstep!

3. Please don't gather or block narrow paths and stay on waymarked paths 

4. Take your rubbish home with you

5. Remember nature reserves are special places for wildlife, take extra care when visiting to cause as little disturbance as possible 

It is essential that we all follow expert advice and maintain social distancing on our sites. We know that this might be harder on some sites and visitor numbers will be hard to predict. We will keep reviewing the situation. 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

The national Lockdown and the Government's guidance have led us to review our volunteering operations. In order to protect staff and volunteer wellbeing, minimise travel and potential to increase burden on the NHS, we have made the difficult decision to stop all volunteer task groups, and only allow volunteering where absolutely critical. This assessment also takes into consideration a similar reduction in staff operations, which will also be impacted by the ensuing changes in our work due to Lockdown. Critical volunteering only includes things such as livestock checking locally, and will only be carried out by individuals or individual households, NOT groups. We will review the situation regularly in line with updates to Government guidance and changing circumstances. Our first likely date for review will be the 29th January.

The welfare of all LRWT volunteers is paramount at this time. Volunteers are vital to our work and delivering our mission, so it with a sad heart that we must do this, but we will hope to see you all again soon. 

If you have any queries regarding volunteering please email volunteering@lrwt.org.uk 

Our staff and offices

Most of our staff will continue to work from home and our offices will remain open for critical work only. 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.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch at info@lrwt.org.uk.

From all at LRWT, stay safe and well

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