Coronavirus update

Coronavirus update

(c) Steve Nicholls

How we're responding to the Coronavirus measures

In the light of the latest Government advice on Coronavirus, we want to let you know about the measures we are taking and how these may affect you when visiting and contacting Avon Wildlife Trust.

We are cancelling all events and activities for March and April 2020, including our volunteering groups, young people’s volunteering opportunities and our My Wild Child toddler nature play sessions. We hope to get these up and running as soon as Government advice changes and will bring you updates via the website and our social media channels. Please keep checking our events page to see the latest situation.

Visiting our nature reserves

Our nature reserves are open and can be wonderful places to take your daily exercise and unwind, enjoy the sights and sounds of spring wildlife, get fresh air, headspace and exercise, and be away from crowds.

When taking your daily exercise please ensure that you follow the latest guidance regarding social distancing for your own safety and the safety of others. We advise that access to reserves is for those who live close by, and to not travel to visit our sites. Where possible we have closed car parks to encourage people to follow the latest Government advice and to stay local to where they live. Please also observe our rules regarding dogs as they are not permitted on many of our reserves - you can find out more here

Our Folly Farm Centre and our Feed Bristol site are now closed to the public. Our Feed Bristol team is trying to see if plants from the nursery can be posted so please do stay tuned and we will keep everyone updated on here and on social media. 

Our staff are working from home and this will be the normal working practise until the current emergency passes. This will make it more difficult to respond promptly to telephone queries so if you do have a query please email mail@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk 

This is a difficult time for everyone, and we hope that you can find some moments in nature to help your wellbeing. We’ll keep bringing you some of the highlights of nature this spring via our social media channels and emails to keep your spirits lifted.

Thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you at our events and volunteering sessions later on.

Continuing your support for wildlife

During this difficult time, we are thinking of new ways that members and supporters can continue to give and support Avon Wildlife Trust without costing themselves anything more. As everything is inevitably shifting online, we’ve put together a list of ways you can help us to continue creating spaces for nature and wildlife from the comfort of your own home:

  • Give as You Liveeasyfundraising and Giving Machine are all ways you can raise money for Avon Wildlife Trust while doing your online shopping. Choose one to sign up to, download their donation reminder and continue shopping as you usually would. Whenever there’s a donation to be had, the donation reminder will let you know and you can claim that donation for wildlife.
     
  • Amazon Smile is Amazon’s own website for raising money for charity when you shop. Simply sign up, create a bookmark and always shop through Amazon Smile to raise money through your Amazon orders.
     
  • Dontsendmeacard will help you celebrate any special occasion with your loved ones, even from a distance. You can send and personalise ecards while also donating the amount you would have spent on postage to Avon’s wildlife.