Update 31 July
In line with UK government recommendations we have prepared a detailed response to the risks associated with Covid-19 to our staff, volunteers and visitors, including contractors and temporary workers, as well as any members of the public who might be affected by the Trust’s operations.
In light of the easing of lock-down restrictions, we are slowly beginning to run outdoor activities and events once again. Numbers are strictly limited so pre-booking is essential for the majority of events, and strict health and hygiene procedures have been put in place to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers, as well as members of the public. All events are listed in the ‘What’s On’ area of our website as well as on our Facebook page. If you are pre-booking an event with us then please ensure that you understand the nature of the activity before registering your place, as this helps us to minimise last-minute cancellations. If you are still unable to get to get to one of our events or miss out on the opportunity to book your place then don’t worry, our staff and volunteers are continuing to offer online events, talks and presentations in the coming weeks and months. Just keep checking our events pages and social media channels for more information.
We are slowly returning to our full range of volunteer activities. We are developing a programme of activities and will publicise these over the coming weeks via our social media accounts and Wild Weekly. You can sign up for Wild Weekly here.
Our 36 nature reserves are open, helping you maintain a connection with the natural world. Please note that you should always observe social distancing requirements when visiting these sites and follow the Countryside Code. Our bird-hides are now open but must be used in line with the guidelines on display at each reserve. You can contact us in advance for details if you wish. We are at the Osprey lookout Thursdays to Sundays until the end of the season.
Our reserves staff are now working on our reserves and we hope to soon be able to advertise a series of volunteer activities. Please contact your local Reserves Officer to find out more in the meantime.
Core support work in the offices has been reduced to two staff working on separate days from Bangor. Llys Garth is not open to the public, whilst our Aberduna office is closed. All other staff who can work from home are doing so. Bleddyn Williams is furloughed and Bich Jones is now on maternity leave, with Sarka Timarova taking over her role. We are therefore currently keeping a core staff to carry out people and financial management, communications and project development (to help the Trust come out of this difficult period).
Our members are more important to us now than ever. In such turbulent times, the ongoing support of those who love wildlife is critical to help see us through this difficult time. Last year, our Trust had the fastest-growing membership in the UK; and it is sad, but essential, that our plans to bring more people into the Trust this season are currently severely limited.
NWWT Trading at Breakwater and Great Orme Country Parks
Our shops rely almost entirely on outstanding voluntary effort. They are sadly still closed so we are losing income from sales, and the unique contribution of our volunteers. We are running our on-line shop, so please visit to support us in our work.
People & Wildlife
At the time of writing, the future of one of our major grant-funded projects, Woodlands for Water Project has become uncertain due to a Welsh Government freeze on grant funding and approving grant claims. Other projects are continuing such as Our Wild Coast, Living Seas Wales, Wrexham Industrial Estate Living Landscape, and Our River Well-being and they are variably impacted by having to reduce activity, and we are keeping a close eye on how they can work safely.
Our core people engagement work, which employs our Community & Education Officers, is continuing but at a reduced level.
… is responding directly to the contracts available and where we feel that we can work safely.
Wildlife Trusts Wales
Have furloughed two staff, but Rachel Sharp remains in post, working hard to keep the needs of Welsh wildlife and the Wildlife Trusts in the minds of funders and politicians.