Major nature charities are urging the public to consider four things before travelling to beauty spots or nature sites. The Woodland Trust, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, National Trust and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust are encouraging people to:
- Stay local
- Check whether sites are open for visitors before travel
- Observe social distancing
- Respect the Countryside Code
To help prevent overcrowding at popular beauty spots, the charities are urging people to stay local, and to walk and cycle where possible. Staying local will stop sites being overwhelmed with visitors – minimising disruption for local communities and helping people to observe social distancing.
The charities are asking that people check that sites they plan to visit are open before they travel. While staff and volunteers have worked hard to reopen reserves and parkland in a short space of time, not all sites and facilities are yet accessible. In line with government guidance, visitor centres and cafes remain closed.
The latest information Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves can be read on the Coronavirus update page of this website.
Where sites are open, the charities encourage visitors to observe social distancing and, with reports of ground nesting birds and rare species nesting on or near busy paths, to take care of their surroundings and follow the Countryside Code.
The charities join several heads of National Parks from the across the UK urging people to exercise locally. Last Sunday the prime minister announced a relaxation of rules on travel for outdoor exercise in England. The rules for England are now different to those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.