Visiting nature reserves during the pandemic

© Jon Hawkins

Visiting nature reserves under current Covid-19 guidelines

Updated 8th January 2021

You may currently 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 the current restrictions.  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 wildlife sites, many of which have some form of legal protection. 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 follow government guidelines and stay local. This will stop sites being overwhelmed with visitors – minimising disruption for local communities and helping people to observe social distancing and remain 2 metres apart.

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

All Surrey County Council countryside car parks are currently open.

For any queries regarding 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:

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


Further guidance & advice

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


Please note

The information on this page is subject to change based on current government advice.