Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust statement - updated 18 September 2020
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and in response to the latest government advice, we are working towards opening our nature reserve car parks. This will be kept under review.
Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors to our nature reserves. We also have to make sure the wildlife on our reserves is not adversely impacted. With reports of species nesting on and near paths, we need to ensure that wildlife is safe - this may mean restrictions to certain areas, even when more general access is permitted.
In order to avoid overwhelming our sites, we would encourage people not to travel to reserves outside of their local area and to continue to enjoy wildlife close to home.
- Toilets are closed with the exception of those at Gibraltar Point, Whisby Nature Park (managed by the Natural World Centre) and Far Ings (Ness End car park only).
- 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 and lambs present.
- Some of our bird hides remain closed where hygiene standards or social distancing restrictions can’t be met. For hides that are open, please follow instructions and observe maximum household limitations.
- Where car park machines are provided, generally there is no option for card payments. Please have cash to hand and sanitise your hands after use.
- Some paths may be closed due to the presence of ground nesting birds or other vulnerable wildlife.
- All litter should be taken home including tissues, antiseptic wipes and nappies.
- Please stay on the way-marked paths. There may be wildflowers growing and birds nesting adjacent to paths.
- Be kind and respectful of staff and visitors and maintain social distancing.
Activities not permitted on nature reserves include: cycling; lighting fires or barbecues; swimming; fishing; putting up tents or hides; the removal of any plants, fungi or animals.
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.
- Donna Nook - We are currently in discussions with various authorities working out the logistics of the seal season at Donna Nook. If we are able to go ahead, it will almost certainly mean a booking system. We will make an announcement on the main Donna Nook page as soon as possible.
- Far Ings - Ness End car park and toilets are open daily from 8am - 6pm. The Visitor Centre car park, Visitor Centre and toilets will remain closed until further notice.
- Gibraltar Point - Car parks and toilets are open. The Visitor Centre will reopen on Friday 4 September with indoor seating and will be open daily from 10am - 4pm (last food orders 3.30pm).
- Snipe Dales - The Country Park car park is open. The toilets will remain closed until further notice.
- Whisby Nature Park – The car park is open and charges apply as normal. Toilets are open and the Natural World Centre are providing food and drink to takeaway from the outdoor kiosk. The outdoor children’s play area is open.
- Deeping Lakes - The car park is open.
- Messingham Sand Quarry - The car park is open.
- Moor Farm, Kirkby Moor and Kirkby Gravel Pits - Car parks are closed.
- Willow Tree Fen - Closed until further notice.
- Woodhall Spa Airfield - Open as usual.
As a charity, we rely on donations. With Visitor Centres temporarily closed and events cancelled, vital funding has disappeared but the crisis facing nature hasn’t. Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is continuing to fight for nature but can only do so with your support.
See below for the other measures we are taking following Government advice:
- Events are cancelled until further notice including those organised by Area Groups and Wildlife Watch Groups.
- All school bookings will be cancelled until further notice. This includes visits to reserves by schools and our staff visiting schools.
- All volunteer work parties are suspended until further notice.
- Where possible, staff will be working from home.
- The Trust Headquarters, Banovallum House in Horncastle, is closed to visitors.
- If you wish to purchase bird food, please go direct to our suppliers, Vine House Farm (01172 530297) – they are able to deliver to your door and 4% of every sale is donated to the Trust (+£10 for new customers).
- The Lincolnshire Environmental Awards have been postponed until 2021.
Getting in touch
Please email rather than telephone if you need to get in touch with us. We may take slightly longer to reply to enquiries, so we appreciate your patience.
We would like to express our whole-hearted thanks to members and visitors for your ongoing support. Wildlife needs our help now more than ever and our staff will continue to be caring for our sites, protecting wildlife and inspiring a lifelong love of nature.
We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding at this challenging time.
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 #EverydayWildlife.