Covid-19 information

Updated 5th January 2021

COVID-19 Update

Up-to-date information on the Trust's response to the pandemic

Surrey Wildlife Trust are constantly reviewing the guidance about Covid-19 and taking the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of members of the public and our volunteers and staff.

In response to government guidance, the majority of our staff are still working from home. Our Pirbright HQ is still closed, but some Trust activities and services are operating.

lt may take longer than normal to respond to enquiries, please use the FAQs below as a starting point, but if your enquiry is urgent please email: info@surreywt.org.uk.

Please note that the following information is subject to change, based on current government regulations.

Covid-19 FAQs

SCC Countryside Car Parks

Surrey County Council countryside car parks remain open. 

For any queries regarding reopening, please contact the SCC Contact Centre direct on 03456 009 009 or email: contact.centre@surreycc.gov.uk

Further details

Please note that due to a high number of calls as a result of the public health emergency, SCC have requested that the public use email to contact the organisation if possible.

Visiting nature reserves during the pandemic

Surrey County Council countryside car parks remain open.

You may be considering a visit to our nature reserves or the Surrey County Council sites where we manage the agricultural and conservation interest. These areas are wonderful places to explore and discover our wonderful countryside and wildlife, as well as giving us that much needed respite and space during lockdown.  But we must not forget that these places are homes for some of our most important species.

When visiting a reserve, please bear in mind that these are sensitive sites and birds are nesting (some do nest on the ground).  Please remember to behave responsibly, keep to the paths, keep dogs on a lead and clear up after them. Please also take all litter home.

Please also remember to follow government guidelines on staying local, social distancing and remaining 2 metres apart from other visitors whenever possible.

We want you to enjoy your visit and your interactions with the wildlife, but please act responsibly, stay safe and give nature the respect that it deserves.

 

Surrey County Council sites

For any queries regarding SCC countryside car parks or issues including access to public footpaths, car parks, bins, litter, dog fouling, fly tipping and unauthorised access on SCC owned reserves, please contact the SCC Contact Centre direct on 03456 009 009 or email: contact.centre@surreycc.gov.uk

Further information about the countryside car parks owned or managed by Surrey County Council.

 

Further guidance & advice

Reporting & preventing wildfires
Information for dog walkers
Walking near livestock
Wildlife and the law
Fungi & foraging

 

Events, courses & volunteering

Moving events online

We will move courses and events due to take place in January and February online where possible and appropriate. You can also find a full list of our existing online events here

 

Events and courses

Can I still book family and children's events?

All activities are postponed under current lockdown restrictions and we will continue to review all events in line with current government advice. Any specific queries can be sent to events@surreywt.org.uk

Can I still book an adult learning course?

All courses are postponed under current lockdown restrictions and will be moved online where possible. We will continue to review all events in line with current government advice. Any specific queries can be sent to adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk

Can I still book Forest School and Teacher training courses?

All courses are now postponed under current lockdown restrictions and will be moved online where possible. We will continue to review all events in line with current government advice. Any specific queries can be sent to outreach@surreywt.org.uk or call 01483 663300 to leave a voicemail message.

 

Schools

Can I still book a school trip?

All school visits are postponed under current lockdown restrictions. We will continue to review all activities in line with current government advice. Any specific queries can be sent to education.centres@surreywt.org.uk or call 01372 379509.

 

Volunteering

Can I still register to become a volunteer?

Thank you to everyone who has registered to volunteer during the pandemic! We cannot currently accept any new volunteer registrations under the current restrictions.

Current volunteering opportunities 

All volunteering activities have once again been suspended under the current restrictions. We will continue to review all events in line with current government advice. Please continue to check our volunteering page for further updates.

Site issues and livestock emergencies

 

Surrey County Council managed site information

Public access and visitor services on SCC sites

For queries on visitor services or public access, please contact: the SCC Contact Centre direct on 0300 200 1003 or email: contact.centre@surreycc.gov.uk

Please note that due to a high number of calls as a result of the public health emergency, SCC have requested that the public use email to contact the organisation if possible.

Conservation grazing on SCC sites

For queries on conservation work or grazing, please call SWT on 01483 910087 or email countryside@surreywt.org.uk

Please call SWT emergency grazing number on 07817 769672 in emergencies only

List of Surrey County Council sites

 

Surrey Wildlife Trust owned and/or managed site information

Access and conservation

For queries on access or conservation on SWT reserves, please call 01483 910087 or email countryside@surreywt.org.uk

Please call our emergency grazing number on 07817 769672 in emergencies only

List of Surrey Wildlife Trust owned and/or managed sites

Membership

Join us at half price this January!

We are still accepting new members and your support during this difficult time is much appreciated. Please note that it may take a little longer than usual for your joining pack to be delivered.

If you have an enquiry about your membership, please email us on membership@surreywt.org.uk or call 01483 795445.

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