Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust statement

Updated 19 July 2021

The natural world has given us all comfort and joy during the coronavirus pandemic and we hope that it will continue to do so. We will carry on assessing the Covid-19 situation and take sensible steps to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers and members of the public.

Please keep yourself and others safe.

Visiting nature reserves

Our nature reserves are special places for wildlife and are home to some of our rarest species. Please take extra care when visiting to cause as little disturbance as possible.

  • Visitor Centres at Gibraltar Point, Far Ings and Whisby Nature Park are open.
  • We would be grateful if visitors continued to wear face coverings in indoor spaces (unless exempt), sign-in on arrival and follow any site signage and directions.
  • Toilets are open at Whisby Nature Park (managed by the Natural World Centre), Gibraltar Point, Snipe Dales and Far Ings.
  • Hides are open but are not cleaned on a regular basis. Use at your own risk. Please sanitise your hands before and after use. Face coverings are recommended if hides are busy.
  • Where car park machines are provided, there is no option for card payments. Please have cash to hand and sanitise your hands after use.
  • All litter should be taken home including tissues, antiseptic wipes and nappies.
  • Be mindful that car parks may quickly become full, please don’t park on the verges – this damages wildlife habitat and can prevent emergency vehicles from accessing sites. At reserves where no parking is provided, please park sensibly and avoid blocking access.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the majority of reserves. Where they are permitted please keep dogs on a short lead. There may be grazing animals present.
  • Please stay on the way-marked paths and follow any signage on site.
  • Be kind and respectful of staff, volunteers and visitors.

Activities not permitted on nature reserves include: cycling; running; lighting fires or barbecues; swimming; fishing; putting up tents or hides; the removal of any plants, fungi or animals.

Events

We are resuming our events for the summer months including Area Group and Wildlife Watch events. Please visit our What’s On pages for details. Please do not attend if you are unwell, are displaying symptoms of Covid or have been asked to isolate.

School and group visits

Bookings are being taken for educational visits to Far Ings, Gibraltar Point and Whisby Nature Park.

Volunteering

Volunteer groups and individual volunteering has started returning. For more info see our Volunteer Vacancies and Work Party pages.

Getting in touch

Please email rather than telephone if you need to get in touch. The Trust Headquarters, Banovallum House in Horncastle, remains closed to visitors and many staff will continue to work from home.

Thank you for continued support. Together we are making a difference for the local wildlife that we all cherish.

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What we're up to

As we get use to a new way of working, staff and volunteers at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust write about their experiences connecting with nature from home. Read our highlights below or find all our blogs here.

We'll also be sharing our own wildlife sightings on social media. Give us a follow by clicking the icons below and share your sightings with us by tagging us or by using #NatureNearby.