COVID-19 Update

By now we are all aware of the severity of Coronavirus and the impact it will have on our lives in the coming weeks and months. We wanted to let you know how we’re dealing with it at Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Dear supporters

By now we are all aware of the severity of Coronavirus and the impact it will have on our lives in the coming weeks and months. We wanted to let you know how we’re dealing with it at Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Safety is our top priority and we are closely monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates in order to act quickly, and are following advice from the Government and World Health Organisation.

In line with government advice, and to play our part in not spreading Covid-19, we are cancelling all events and volunteer activities until the end of May, and will keep this under review as further advice emerges.  

We will share any updates via our website, as well as using e-news and our social media channels to keep you, our valued members, volunteers and supporters, informed. You can connect on the social media channels via the links below.
 
Our nature reserves are open and remain excellent places to unwind with wildlife, get fresh air, headspace and exercise, away from any crowd if you are not in government advised self-isolation. We hope you will also continue to enjoy the wildlife on your doorstep and take time to observe it in your gardens, which should soon now be full of birdsong and early spring activity.  

We are in the final stages of producing the Spring/Summer edition of our members’ magazineSomerset Wildlife, and this should be received by all members by the end of April and will hopefully be a cheerful arrival on your doorstep during a difficult time.

Staying connected to others is important at a time like this. So please don’t forget you have a community of fellow wildlife enthusiasts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to turn to if you need someone to share your latest wildlife experience or photograph with. We would love to hear from you while you self-isolate!

As of today we are launching #wildlifewindow - a social media campaign where you can do just that. We want you to share what wildlife you can see out of your window whilst in isolation, or what you are doing for wildlife while at home or in your garden - whether that’s getting round to making that hole in your fence for hedgehogs or putting water out for the birds. We all know small things add up, so why not take a look at some ideas to get you going. Wildlife and nature can really help our wellbeing through these difficult times. We look forward to sharing what you see on our channels!

We ask that all our supporters, visitors, volunteers and staff take sensible precautions at this difficult time, and respect and support each other. Please look after yourselves and your family, friends and neighbours.

Many of our staff will now be working from home, and this will be the normal working practice until the current emergency passes. This will make it more difficult to respond promptly to email and telephone queries so we would prefer you to email your usual Trust contact or for general enquiries to use enquiries@somersetwildlife.org than to telephone the office.

Thank you so much for being a supporter of the Trust and Somerset’s wildlife, and for your continued support during these exceptional times.

Georgia Stokes

Chief Executive Officer