Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In order to take precautions to protect our staff, volunteers and supporters, we have implemented social distancing measures throughout our work. Please visit our contact us page to get in touch.

14th July 2021

Following the Government announcement on Monday 12th July, we can confirm that Upton Warren will be reopen on Monday 19th July 2021.

  • We expect that the first couple of weeks will be very busy so please ask people to carefully consider the timing of their visit to ensure there is plenty of space for everyone. If the car parking or hides are busy on arrival, please consider returning at a less busy time. When in the hides, please be respectful of others - to avoid overcrowding please do not stand behind others (sitting-room only), don’t spend all your time in one hide or in spot, wear a mask if the windows are closed, bring and use your own hand sanitiser.
  • Members should carry their current membership card and non-members will be required to purchase a day permit from staff and volunteers on-site from the Boatshack Café at Aztec Adventure/The Flashes car park.
  • If you wish to visit with a group, please get in touch with us to discuss your visit. Depending on how many are in your group, we may need to consider splitting the group between hides and/or closing hides to the public in order to accommodate your group. We will be taking bookings from August onwards.

Lower Smite Farm and the nature trail remain closed to visitors. All other nature reserves are open as normal but are busy – please park respectfully of other visitors and our neighbours; if there are no parking spaces, please return at a less busy time.

Whilst visiting our nature reserves, please help them to remain special places for wildlife

  • Keep dogs on leads. Even the friendliest of dogs are perceived as predators and may cause a bird to leave a nest (many nest on the ground or in vegetation close to paths) or to use precious energy during winter. Please pick up and take your dog’s mess away with you.
  • Stick to paths. Whether it’s a public right of way, a bridleway or a permissive path, please stick to these and don’t make your own way through. Only take horses or cycles on designated bridleways.
  • Stay alert. If a bird is calling ‘at you’, you’re too close to it or the nest.  If it’s carrying food, let it feed its young. Don’t pause, keep on walking.
  • Report bad or suspicious behaviour. If you see anything suspicious – wildlife crime, fly-tipping, fires or more, please report this using 101 (non urgent) or 999 (urgent).

6th July 2021

Following the Government announcement on Monday 5th July, we anticipate being able to fully open Upton Warren from 19th July 2021. However, we will wait for the final Government decision, which is due to happen on Monday 12th July. The paths at The Moors are open (the hides are closed) and birdwatching sessions at The Flashes are available to book on our What's On pages.

In anticipation of re-opening, we expect that the first two weeks will be very busy. Can we please, therefore, ask people to carefully consider the timing of their visit and to consider returning at a less busy time if the nature reserve and hides are very busy when they arrive. Members should carry their current membership card and non-members will be required to purchase a day permit from staff and volunteers on-site or from the Boatshack Café at Aztec Adventure/The Flashes car park.

We will announce confirmation (or otherwise) of this on Tuesday 13th July.

15th June 2021

Following the extension to Covid restrictions announced by the Government on 14th June, we are making changes to the opening of Upton Warren. From Monday 21st June, access to the paths at The Moors will be possible seven days a week – social distancing measures must be followed at all times. The hides will be closed. As there is limited opportunity for viewing The Flashes from the path, we will maintain booked sessions at The Flashes – please visit our What’s On page to book your session. Thank you to our volunteers for enabling us to offer these sessions.

Lower Smite Farm and the nature trail remain closed to visitors. All other nature reserves are open as normal but are busy – please park respectfully of other visitors and our neighbours; if there are no parking spaces, please return at a less busy time.

10th June 2021

We are awaiting the Government announcement on 14th June, which will explain more about what restrictions may still be in place from 21st June. Following this announcement we will make a decision about the next steps for access to Upton Warren from 21st June. Please check back on 15th June for more information.

11th May 2021

Following the Government announcement that from 17th May, up to six people will be allowed to mix in an indoor setting, we are delighted that sessions to visit the hides at Upton Warren are now available to book. Numbers will be limited and sessions are currently only for members. Please see our what's on pages for more information.

Many of our nature reserves are still seeing large numbers of visitors. If you are visiting, please follow the guidance below and if there is no parking when you arrive, please return at a less busy time. Thank you.

8th April 2021

We had hoped to open hides at Upton Warren from 12th April.  However, after consultation with the local authority regulatory services we have been advised this will not be possible until after 17th May at the earliest.  Until this advice changes, the hides at Upton Warren, Feckenham Wylde Moor and Broadway Gravel Pits will unfortunately remain closed.  Lower Smite Farm and Upton Warren remain closed to the public.  We know that many people will be disappointed with this news but we hope will understand that the Trust has to follow regulatory guidance to keep the public and our staff and volunteers safe.

If you are visiting our nature reserves, please follow the guidance in the update below. In addition, if there is no parking when you arrive, please return at a less busy time.  Thank you.

11th January 2021

During lockdown, Government guidance is that journeys must be essential and that exercise should be taken locally.  Whilst most of our nature reserves remain open, please ensure that you remain local to where you live and only visit your local nature reserve if you are unable to exercise from your home.  If you visit a nature reserve, please maintain social distancing at all times and remain respectful of staff, volunteers, other visitors and our wildlife. Please avoid narrower paths that can make social distancing difficult without damaging path-side flowers.

Upton Warren and Lower Smite Farm are closed, as are birdwatching hides at Feckenham Wylde Moor and Broadway Gravel Pit.

If you visit a nature reserve, please remember that these are special places for wildlife. The UK is one of the world’s most nature-depleted countries so please help our wildlife by…

  • Keep dogs on leads. Even the friendliest of dogs are perceived as predators and may cause a bird to leave a nest (many nest on the ground or in vegetation close to paths) or to use precious energy during winter. Please pick up and take your dog’s mess away with you.
  • Stick to paths. Whether it’s a public right of way, a bridleway or a permissive path, please stick to these and don’t make your own way through. Only take horses or cycles on designated bridleways.
  • Stay alert. If a bird is calling ‘at you’, you’re too close to it or the nest.  If it’s carrying food, let it feed its young. Don’t pause, keep on walking.
  • Report bad or suspicious behaviour. If you see anything suspicious – wildlife crime, fly-tipping, fires or more, please report this using 101 (non urgent) or 999 (urgent).