Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy wildlife and, from 29 March, we are no longer legally required to stay at home and groups of six or two households can meet outdoors. Visiting a nature reserve seems like an ideal opportunity to connect with nature and much-missed family and friends.
However, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is concerned about a repeat of the behaviour witnessed at many of their reserves when lockdown lifted last summer. Disappointingly, the surge in people heading back outdoors in 2020 resulted in an increase in littering, vandalism, fires, illegal parking and disturbance to wildlife.
Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust:
“The majority of people who visit our reserves do so with care and do understand that they are protected for their wildlife. But sometimes the sheer number of visitors can lead to problems. Nature has been there for us over the last year when we’ve needed it most and now it needs our help.”