Coronavirus Update

Our response to coronavirus

Coronavirus Latest update - 21.09.20

 

Nature Reserves

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

FACE MASKS MUST BE WORN INSIDE THE VISITOR CENTRES

Rutland Water Nature Reserve is now open. The reserve is open from 9am, with last entry to both car parks at 4pm and the reserve closing at 5pm.

There are procedures in place throughout the reserve to keep you safe and adhere with social distancing guidelines, so please be patient with staff and volunteers and follow any signage.

  • Please wear a face mask in both visitor centres and although not compulsory in the hides, it is advised.
  • There are one way and queuing systems in place at Lyndon Visitor Centre and the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, with a limited number of people allowed in the buildings at one time.
  • There is a reduction in capacity within all hides and hide windows and doors are fixed open to limit touch points, information is displayed in each hide. 
  • Hand sanitiser is available in the visitor centres but please bring your own for touching stiles and gates and visiting the hides. 
  • We are using a cashless system, payments can only be taken by contactless or card payments.
  • Unfortunately there is no seating in the centres to make space for social distancing and limiting touch points. 
  • Toilets are open in both visitor centres
  • Take away refreshments are available
  • The motorised buggy is available at both centres but must be booked beforehand. Click here for contact details.

Other reserves

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.

When visiting our reserves please take Government guidelines into consideration and follow the Countryside Code.

The Government stresses that the risk of Coronavirus being passed on to people using public rights of way and other paths and trails is considered to be very low, as long as people follow instructions around social distancing. 

Events and volunteering

With Government guidelines changing frequently, face to face events could be cancelled or changed last minute. If you have booked onto an event, you will be notified by email of any changes with as much notice as possible. If you are unsure or have any questions please email info@lrwt.org.uk

We hope to run all events safely, but ask for your support, patience and understanding if we have to make any changes. 

We will adhere to Government guidelines at all events; numbers may be capped lower than normal to allow for social distancing, we encourage the use of hand sanitiser and we may request that you wear a mask. 

Some volunteering activities have been resumed following thorough risk assessments, however we can only work with small groups and some tasks are not manageable. If you are unsure please email volunteering@lrwt.org.uk 

Free Online Talks

Our Local Groups have created a programme of free online talks that you can enjoy safely from the comfort of your own home, visit our events page to find out more and book your place. 

Download the full programme here. 

Our staff

Most of our staff are now working from home. So please be patient with us as we may take a little longer to respond to messages and phone calls. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch at info@lrwt.org.uk

Message from Tim Graham, CEO

We remain incredibly grateful to all our wonderful members and supporters during this time. As a charity we rely heavily on your support to continue our vital work for wildlife and protect our precious local wild places. We will keep going to the best of our ability and are carefully monitoring the developing guidance and situation, however, donations of any size will make a huge and valued difference to us. 

Thank you for your continued support, we hope everyone stays safe and well .

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Our reserves provide excellent places to unwind and take in the fresh air. During this difficult time, it is more important than ever to maintain a connection with the natural world, but please practice social distancing. 

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