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.

Update 11th May 2020

We’d like to thank everyone for respecting the closure of our car parks and nature reserves. Like you, we’ve been taking every opportunity that we can to stay connected to doorstep wildlife - the nature in our gardens and on our local exercise routes. Where it’s been essential to do so our reserves staff and volunteers have been checking our reserves and we’re delighted to report that wildlife seems to be doing well in our absence – with many birds foraging and nesting close to paths that they’d previously have avoided due to human visitors.

Following the announcement by Government on Sunday 10th May, it remains important to maintain social distancing.  Coming out of lockdown won’t be easy – either for us or for the wildlife that has now got used to a quieter life.  For the Trust and our nature reserves the following is really important.

  • The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, neighbours and our visitors is of paramount importance. It is not possible to socially distance on many of the paths through our nature reserves.
  • It is important that the wildlife on our nature reserves can be protected once nature reserves are open. More birds than even before, for example, will be nesting close to paths and it is important that they have the opportunity to continue their breeding season undisturbed.

Because of this, we will be taking a phased approach to opening our nature reserves from the end of May. We will announce what the arrangements will be on Tuesday 26th May, following the Bank Holiday weekend.  This will give us a chance to ensure that the re-opening of our nature reserves takes into account both the safety of people and our wildlife as well as to have in place the staff and plans to ensure visitors are using the site considerately.

Public footpaths remain open. Please stick to these paths and observe the social distancing rules at all times.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Update: 22nd April 2020

Thank you for respecting the closure of our car parks and nature reserves.  Whilst we recognise that many people will turn to nature to help them at this time, we have to make the health and wellbeing of staff and the public our top priority.  Therefore, we regretfully felt that we had no choice but to close our reserves and car parks to protect the public, our staff and neighbours. Where there are public footpaths that cross our nature reserves, these remain open but please stick to these and maintain social distancing at all times.

Government guidance is to restrict unnecessary travel and observe social distancing and we appeal to those who wish to visit our reserves to respect the closures.

Update: 24th March 2020

The office at Lower Smite Farm is closed. Find out how to contact us via email.

UPDATE: 23rd March 2020 - nature reserves

Closure of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust reserves from 24/03/20 during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Over the weekend we have seen unprecedented visitor pressure upon our nature reserves and car parks. It is clear from the numbers visiting our reserves that it is not possible to maintain social distancing which is putting staff and public at risk.

Whilst we recognise that many people will turn to nature to help them at this time, we have to make the health and wellbeing of staff and the public our top priority.  Therefore, we regretfully feel that we now have no choice but to close our reserves and car parks to protect the public, our staff and neighbours. Where there are public footpaths that cross our nature reserves, these remain open but please stick to these and maintain social distancing at all times.

Government guidance is to restrict unnecessary travel and observe social distancing and we appeal to those who wish to visit our reserves to respect the closures.

From 12 noon on Tuesday 17th March:

  • All events will be cancelled until further notice; including those organised by our local groups.  We hope that many of these events will merely be postponed and our Local Group committees are already working hard to reschedule speakers for their next programme of events.  Please check our What’s on pages to keep up to date with when events resume.
  • All volunteer activities will cease until further notice.
  • Schools – All bookings will be cancelled until further notice.  We are in the process of contacting schools that are due to visit us at Lower Smite Farm/The Knapp and Papermill or that are due to receive a free assembly from one of our Bzzy Bees or Lost Words volunteers. 
  • Bookings of our conference and meeting facilities – all bookings are cancelled until further notice and we will be in touch with organisations that currently have bookings.
  • Our reception, shop  and offices at Lower Smite Farm are closed to casual visitors.  Online orders are still being taken (as currently, these will be shipped twice a week).  If you wish to purchase bird food, please go direct to our suppliers, Vine House Farm (01172 530299) – they are able to deliver to your door and 4% of every sale is donated to the Trust (+£10 for new customers).
  • Staff will only by exception be attending external meetings and visits.

We will update this page as and when the situation changes.  If you have any queries, our contact us page has information about how to get in touch.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.