Dorset Wildlife Trust close nature reserve car parks

Dorset Wildlife Trust close nature reserve car parks

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 29th March 2020.

Dorset Wildlife Trust have closed all car parks to the nature reserves to limit the number of visitors at their sites.  

They are asking anyone planning a visit to their nature reserves to stick to the governments guidelines on social distancing. 

People are also being asked to only use the site once a day as part of their daily exercise allowance and if the site is busy, visitors should return at a quieter time or postpone their visit.

They do not have the authority to close all of the reserves to the public due to many of them having public rights of way.

But the Dorset Wildlife Trust have closed all of their centres and staff are working from home where possible to protect the volunteers, staff and supporters.

All events and activities until the end of April have been cancelled. This is being reviewed by the Trust in line with Government advice.

Chief Executive of the Dorset Wildlife Trust is Brian Bleese, he says:

"We understand that the desire to get out into nature for the benefit of our mental and physical wellbeing has never been greater, but we urge any visitors to behave responsibly at this time.

"Instead of visiting nature reserves, we are asking you to enjoy the wildlife in your gardens and immerse yourselves in the wildlife you see looking out the window, with the #dorsetwildlifewindow campaign. Over the coming weeks and months, our communications team will be working hard to share inspiration and ideas of how you can still connect with nature from home. 

"We hope that after the situation has improved and normal life resumes that local people in Dorset will appreciate the fantastic wild spaces we are blessed with in the county and continue to support the great work of Dorset Wildlife Trust.  Dorset's natural environment and wildlife needs your help more than ever during these uncertain times."

You can also watch their barn owl webcam. They're are hoping their two barn owls will produce some eggs in the next few weeks.

A campaign called #dorsetwildlifewindow has been set up by the Trust. They are asking people to share what they see out of their windows and in their gardens and post it on the Dorset Wildlife Trusts social media accounts.