Coronavirus

Coronavirus update

Coronavirus update - 23rd March

In line with the most recent Government advice, our Chief Executive would like to update our members, supporters and customers on the measures we are taking and what they mean when contacting Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Dear Members and supporters ,

I hope you are well and staying safe in these difficult times.

The coronavirus pandemic means we are facing a major and unprecedented challenge which is affecting all corners of the world. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is no exception, and I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on some of the measures our charity has taken this past week.

Before I do, though, I’d like to reiterate how grateful we are to you for being a member of our charity and helping support wildlife and nature across Staffordshire. We say it many times, but only because it’s true – our work literally wouldn’t be possible without you. During the coming weeks and months, please be rest assured that we’ll continue to do all we can under the circumstances to carry out our vitally important conservation work in our beautiful county. Your membership during the next few months will be more important than ever.

These are extremely difficult times for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust as they are for everyone else. We have taken action to keep our staff and volunteers safe and well, with many working from home and most volunteering work on hold.

We have made the difficult decision to close our visitor centres at Wolseley and Westport until further notice due to the ongoing concerns about coronavirus. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but a necessary one to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Our Wolseley Centre grounds also closed to members of the public from Monday, 23 rd March.

The Government's scientists have been clear on the need to avoid social contact with others and not to travel unnecessarily. We have closed all reserve car parks with barriers and urge anyone considering visiting outdoor spaces not to make journeys unless it is absolutely essential, to think about visiting alternative green spaces closer to home, and follow Government advice on social distancing at all times.

We have also taken the step to cancel all our events and engagement sessions for the next few weeks, at least until April 14th , to help people keep safe. This will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The opening of our charity shop in Codsall will be delayed and a new opening date announced in due course. We are also closing our other charity shops for the
duration of the pandemic.

We are constantly monitoring the situation and if anything changes, in line with Government advice, we’ll inform you accordingly through social media, on our website or via email.

During this time of difficulty and uncertainty, we want to remind people that we need nature now more than ever. It can lift all of our spirits and put joy in our hearts – something we desperately need right now.

We rely on nature to provide us with the calm in life we need. The bluebells will still begin to emerge. The birds will still sing. The eggs will still hatch.

While we may not be able to get out as much these next few weeks as much as we’d like, we'll still post wonderful wildlife images and nature news to hopefully keep your spirits high through our social media channels (@StaffsWildlife). Already our posts have been seen by thousands of people since last week, and if you don’t follow us on social media, we would urge you to do so to get a dose of nature images and news.

If you have any questions, the best ways to get in touch are via email (info@staffs-wildlife.org.uk) or through our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StaffsWildlife). You can also leave a voicemail on 01889 880100 and we will respond as soon as we can.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Everyone at the Trust appreciates the contribution you make to our charity and helping make us the county’s largest nature conservation charity.

Julian Woolford

CEO Staffordshire Wildlife Trust