Coronavirus update

Coronavirus Update: 14th May 2020

The messages of support we have received during the past two months have been a great source of strength to everyone at our charity during this challenging time, and for that – we’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you.

We hope we have done our bit to brighten your day through our daily social media content, ENewsletters and webinars. We are extremely pleased so many of you are using our Get Wild at Home resources to stay engaged with wildlife, watch our webcams and catch up on any of the webinars:  Get Wild At Home

Following on from the Prime Minister’s speech on Sunday evening, we’d like to offer you an update on where things stand with our nature reserves, visitor centres, charity shops and events programme.

We are eager to get everything open and back up and running as quickly as possible so people can enjoy nature, wildlife and the great outdoors, but the health and wellbeing of our employees, volunteers and visitors remains our priority. Returning from lockdown will not be an easy thing to do.

For now, the majority of our reserves are open. Those with gate/hide locks will remain closed. If visiting our reserves, we would advise you to continue to follow Government social distancing guidelines to help control the spread of Covid-19.

Our Visitor Centres and cafes at Matlock and BlackRock and our charity shops in Derby, Bakewell and Belper, remain closed for now.

We have taken the decision to cancel all our events and activities up until the end of June, and we will be monitoring and making decisions on how we can get things up and running again afterwards.

We will continue with our live Q&A webinars and encourage you to come along to those. You will find latest information on our website and social media pages.

Nature continues to bring many of us solace in these difficult times, so do continue to take time out of your day to enjoy the wild places around you, whether that be in your garden, local park or nature reserve if you can. Take a look at some of our ideas to engage with the wildlife around you ‘Get Wild At Home’  and register for our annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild, for inspiration and encouragement throughout the month of June!

This remains an extremely challenging time for us all, and here at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is no different. We will continue to update you regularly about our plans, but in the meantime please follow all Government advice, and stay safe.

If you have any questions, the best ways to get in touch are via email

Thank you so much for your continued support. Everyone at the Trust appreciates the contribution you make to ensure we continue to be the county’s largest nature conservation charity, looking after wildlife and wild places where you live.

Coronavirus Update: 3rd April 2020

Following the closure of our shops and with the lockdown in place we will be placing half our staff on furlough under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. These are incredibly challenging times and we have made this decision in order to protect the future of the trust and to protect jobs.

During this crisis we will continue to protect wildlife and offer advice and help to supporters, wildlife enthusiasts and landowners wherever we can.

Our shops and cafes closed on 23rd March. Unfortunately we will also now have to close our nature reserves.

During this period of isolation, getting outside and connecting with nature has huge benefits. This is why we are offering free wildlife ideas, videos and live events for kids and adults through Get Wild Home.

Our staff, volunteers and supporters have been incredible through this time of great uncertainty. Thank you. We all look forward to the time when this crisis comes to an end, when we can reconnect with each other and the wonders of wildlife all around us.

Jo Smith,

CEO Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Coronavirus update: 24th March 2020

In line with government advice we have closed our charity shops and café.

You can still shop for gifts for loved ones, activities and books to engage you with nature and our new Beaver Adoption Pack using our online shop. We also plan to offer free postage and packing during this time.

Our nature reserves are open but we urge everybody to practise social distancing everywhere. This means you should only visit a reserve if it is on your doorstep. Unfortunately the hides are now locked but will reopen as soon as possible for people to enjoy them again.

We know that access to nature is important for health and wellbeing.  We are promoting a range of fun and educational activities via Get Wild at Home to keep people connected to wildlife. This will be updated with new videos and more in the days ahead.

Most volunteering activities have now been suspended. Some individual volunteer activity will continue within safe working practices for checking stock and nature reserves. For more details [click here]

Thank you to all supporters for your continued understanding during these exceptional times

Jo Smith,

CEO Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Coronavirus update: 17th March 2020

In the light of the current COVID19 pandemic, we want to let you know about the measures we are taking and how these may affect you when visiting and contacting Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Our nature reserves are open and remain excellent places to unwind with wildlife, get fresh air, headspace and exercise, away from any crowd.

In line with government advice we are cancelling some events and activities.  At the moment our charity shops remain open and we will continue to run our schools programmes as well as most of our outdoor events. However, this is very likely to change in the near future.  We will be updating this page with any updates we have about our shops and events.

We are of course being extraordinarily vigilant in regards to cleanliness, and will be reviewing our position regularly. We ask that all supporters, visitors and volunteers take sensible precautions, and respect and support each other.

Many of our office staff have started to work from home and this will be the normal working practise until the current emergency passes. This will make it more difficult to respond promptly to telephone queries so we would prefer you email

If you wish to come to our head office or meet in person you will need to arrange this in advance. 

Thank you for all your support, and please take extra special care out there.

Jo Smith,

CEO Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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