Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust statement
Updated 12 April 2021
As lockdown eases, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust continue to closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and guidance from Government.
Our priority remains with 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.
We would still encourage people not to travel to reserves outside of their local area and to continue to enjoy wildlife close to home.
- Toilets are open at Whisby Nature Park (managed by the Natural World Centre), Gibraltar Point and Far Ings (Ness End car park only). The toilets at Snipe Dales remain closed.
- 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, lambs and ground nesting birds present.
- Hides are open but are not cleaned on a regular basis. Use at your own risk. Please sanitise your hands before and after use and respect social distance guidelines. Face coverings are recommended.
- 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.
- 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. Some paths may be closed due to the presence of ground nesting birds or other vulnerable wildlife.
- 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.
- Be kind and respectful of staff and visitors and maintain social distancing.
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.
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.
- Far Ings - Ness End car park and toilets are open daily from 8am - 6pm. Visitor Centre car park is open 9am - 5pm (or dusk if earlier). The Visitor Centre and toilets will remain closed until further notice.
- Gibraltar Point - Car parks are open. The Visitor Centre is open for takeaways from 10am - 4pm. Please follow the one-way system in the centre. Face coverings must be worn. The Coastguard Station toilets are open, the toilets inside the Visitor Centre will remain closed.
- Snipe Dales - The Country Park car park is open, the barrier closes at 5pm. The toilets will remain closed until further notice.
- Whisby Nature Park – The car park is open and charges apply as normal. The Natural World Centre is offering takeaway snacks and drinks from the kiosk between 9.30am - 3.30pm. The toilets are 9.30am - 3pm. Little Darters Outdoor Adventure Play Area will also remain open with the exception of the Towers. Please note these are managed by Lincs Inspire on behalf of North Kesteven District Council - please contact the Natural World Centre on 01522 688868 for further details.
Willow Tree Fen - Temporarily closed to allow the cranes to return. An official Watch Point is provided from the entrance to the reserve.
- Woodhall Spa Airfield - Open as usual.
- Donna Nook - Stonebridge car park open.
- Deeping Lakes - The car park is open.
- Messingham Sand Quarry - The car park is open, the gates are locked between 6pm - 8am.
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:
- Online events are being run and we are beginning to resume our events for the summer months including Area Group and Wildlife Watch events. Please visit our What’s On pages for details.
- All school bookings remain cancelled until further notice. This includes visits to reserves by schools and our staff visiting schools.
- Where possible, staff are continuing to work from home.
- The Trust Headquarters, Banovallum House in Horncastle, remains 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).
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 #NatureNearby.