Our latest statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Essex Wildlife Trust's latest statement on Coronavirus.

Essex Wildlife Trust is closely following guidance set out by the Government, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Public Health England.

To prioritise the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, supporters and members of the public and to help limit the spread of the virus, the Trust closed all of its Nature Discovery Centres, playgrounds and car parks on March 17th and cancelled all upcoming events until the end of June. We have also temporarily furloughed 50% of our staff in order to safeguard the organisation through these challenging times.

Six of our nature reserves remain closed to the public at all times due to the health and safety of staff on site, to protect wildlife or partnership agreements: Fingringhoe Wick, Abberton Reservoir, Abbotts Hall Farm, Hanningfield Reservoir, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park and Weeleyhall Wood.

Five of our Nature Discovery Centres: Ingrebourne Valley, Bedfords Park, Thorndon Countryside Centre, the Naze Centre and Belfairs Woods are situated within council owned parks and land, please check your local council’s website and follow their latest guidance.

The Trust will be taking a gradual and phased approach to re-opening over the coming months, meaning different sites are likely to reopen at different times, with varying levels of access and facilities. Please do continue to check our website for the latest information before making any visits. The car parks at our nature reserves remain closed where possible and we continue to urge people to stay local, practice social distancing and be respectful of the wildlife on site.

While at home, there are still many ways for you to enjoy our wonderful wildlife and wild places. Each week we have been bringing wildlife and nature straight to your door through our WildlifeTV, watch them all and subscribe on our YouTube.

Sign up to our e-newsletter for regular advice, tips, inspiring stories or news from the Trust, follow us on social media or explore our website. You can even watch our wildlife live on one of our wildlife webcams.

The natural world continues to need our help now more than ever so if you would like to turn your garden into a mini nature reserve you can find endless ideas here. We need to connect up our gardens and create wildlife corridors for species to thrive in our county.

To all of the members of the Trust – we would like to express our whole-hearted thanks for your ongoing support. The Trust will continue to share our expertise and offer you the tools to help us create a Wilder Essex. 

We are also extremely grateful for all members of the public who have donated to Essex Wildlife Trust to help the charity continue to protect the wildlife and wild places in Essex. If you are able to make a donation to help, please visit here. Thank you in advance.

Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding at this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.