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Friday 29 May 2020

Many Wildlife Sites Open Again


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The RSPB have announced how their nature reserves will reopen. This news item includes details from other wildlife organisations and sites.

The RSPB statement -
We are working hard to open our reserves as soon as we can, busy re-routing paths, marking one-way routes and building passing places where necessary, so that social distancing guidelines can be followed as easily as possible. We’ve also taken the difficult decision to not open any hides, toilet facilities or visitor centres for the time being. By early June we hope the majority of reserves will be ready to receive visitors. Please check our website before visiting a reserve.
www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/rspb-news/news/stories/coronavirus/reserve-reboot/

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust - BBOWT -
Our nature reserves remain open to the public (except College Lake, Foxcote, Gallows Bridge and Whitecross Green Wood). We are re-opening car parks when we believe it is safe to do so. Our visitor centres and bird hides remain closed for the foreseeable future.

The National Trust -
Coast and countryside car parks are mainly open. Some gardens and parklands are opening (including Cliveden, Stowe and Waddesdon) but require advanced booking. Details here
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/how-to-book-your-visit-and-what-to-expect

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust - WWT -
Our wetland centres are still closed for now, but we expect to announce next week when we will re-open in England. We will be limiting daily numbers and both WWT members and non-members will need to book in advance.

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead -
Our parks and open spaces remain open. Certain car parks are now free until further notice, including Boulters Lock, Braywick Sports, Town Moor, Eton Meadow Lane, Windsor Alexandra Gardens, Home Park, King Edward VII Avenue, Romney Lock, Windsor Leisure Centre.

Thames Path –
29-31 May, 5-7 June. There will be weekend work on the M4 bridge over the River Thames near Bray. While this work is taking place, the Thames Path in this location will be closed.

Windsor Great Park and Swinley Forest -
The following car parks are open with reduced capacity: Savill Garden, Virginia Water, Virginia Water South. Car parks at The Valley Gardens, Buttersteep Forest and at Swinley Park remain CLOSED. The Lookout car park and facilities at Swinley Forest remain closed.

Bray Lake -
Car parks shut, Watersports centre shut.

Dorney Rowing Lake -
1st June. Now closed until further notice. This is inclusive of access to pedestrians, cyclists and all vehicles - due to anti-social behaviour over the weekend.

Dorney Wetlands -
Car park open. Other Jubilee River car parks probably open.

Buckinghamshire Country Parks -
Langley Country Park, Black Country Park, Denham Country Park and Thorney Park have all re-opened. Visitor information points, cafés and toilets remain closed.

Bracknell Forest Council parks -
Parks and open space: car parks are now open.

Wokingham Council parks (incl Dinton Pastures) -
Country Park car parks now open, public toilets are still closed. Dinton café open for take-away. Dinton main car park is often full by 10am – try the Activity Centre Car Park or Aviation Museum Car Park.

Burnham Beeches -
Car parks are now open but limited. Café, information point and public toilets remain closed until further notice.

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