Coronavirus: Dorset nature reserves stay open

Coronavirus: Dorset nature reserves stay open

Published by George Sharpe at 12:23pm 20th March 2020.

Dorset Wildlife trust are keeping their nature reserves open to help people's well-being.

They're launching a campaign to remind us we can still enjoy the outdoors, even if we're self-isolating.

Lots of the reserves are open spaces where you can be outside while also maintaining social distancing.

Chief Executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust, Brian Bleese, said: 

"We know this is a scary time for people. People are worried about their loved ones and many people are facing self-isolation. We want to help and encourage people to get out into nature where they can.

"While our centres are closed, our nature reserves are open and we would encourage people, where it's safe and possible to do so following Government guidelines to go out into nature. There are several reserves where it is possible to socially distance, with open spaces and a host of wildlife to enjoy.

"Even if you can only go into your garden, we would urge people to do it, as nature is proven to help boost mood and combat low morale. We will be doing all we can on our social media and via our emails to help give people ideas for activities they can do, whether they are self-isolating or are at home with their families. We are here to help in this unsettling time, so please join us."

If you can't get outside, they're launching a social media campaign to help people facing self isolation.

#dorsetwildlifewindow will be enocouraging everyone to share photos and videos of what they see out of their windows.

Dorset Wildlife Trust centres will be closing down to protect volunteers and staff but the reserves won't be. Events and volunteering days at the trust have also been put on hold until the end of April. 

Chief Executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust, Brian Bleese, said:

"We are all worried about coronavirus and how it impacts on the lives of loved ones. The safety of our volunteers, members, supporters and staff is our priority and we have taken the decision to postpone activities and close centres until April 30th. We will review this regularly."