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 - September 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 exercise and unwind, enjoy the sights and sounds of summer wildlife, get fresh air, headspace and exercise, and be away from crowds.
When visiting our reserves exercise please ensure that you follow the latest guidance regarding social distancing for your own safety and the safety of others.
Our Folly Farm, Prior's Wood and Browne's Folly reserves have been receiving a high footfall and a number of cyclists. To ensure you enjoy the outdoors in a way that keeps you and others safe, we ask you take extra precautions to maintain safe distance to others and to be mindful of local residents by not parking in the nearby villages. We ask people to please visit in a respectful way that keeps the site & local residents safe. This includes taking your rubbish with you & not parking on Prospect Place Lane or the Farleigh Rise residential road. When visiting Willsbridge Valley, please park in the car park instead of parking in Burney Way. Please also observe our rules regarding dogs as they are not permitted on many of our reserves, including Folly Farm - you can find out more about each our reserves here.
Our Folly Farm Centre and our Grow Wilder site and wildflower nursery are now open to the public, however we continue to sell wildflowers and veg from the Grow Wilder online shop for those who prefer to order online.
The continuing impact of Coronavirus and the restrictions it is placing on organisations and individuals means Avon Wildlife Trust has needed to shut down most of our operations over the spring and summer. Since March we have been operating with a minimal staff team and the majority of our staff have been furloughed and not working until this period is over. Like all charities, we are facing a difficult financial situation and have taken this decision to ensure we are able to continue operating in the long term.The way we work as an organisation has been challenged and we've had to make some hard decisions already, including reducing our staff team by 20%, resulting in redundancies and the loss of some talented and passionate people to ensure that we can continue our front line conservation work. Please considering donating today to help us continue to champion local wildlife.
Please bear with us if you do need to be in touch during this period as we are running core services only and most staff members are unable to respond to queries directly. If you do have an urgent enquiry please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to being up and running and working with our members, supporters and partners as quickly as possible to continue restoring nature across our region and inspiring people of all ages to enjoy and protect the wonderful wildlife around us. In the meantime, why not subscribe to our newsletter to stay in touch with our team and to get nature news straight to your inbox.
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 summer 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 Live, easyfundraising 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.