Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

(c) Steve Wilson

Our response to Covid-19

Wildlife and nature has provided us all with solace and joy over the last year, and we hope it will continue to do as we deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. You'll find the latest information about how coronavirus is impacting our visitor centres, nature reserves, events and volunteering on this page.

National lockdown

From Tuesday 5th January new restrictions apply across England - we must stay at home.

✅ The majority of nature reserves are open for local visitors only for daily exercise. Please do not travel to any of our reserves which are outside your local area.

❌ All hides are closed.

❌ Spurn Discovery Centre is closed (including toilet facilities), but the car park and Spurn National Nature Reserve remain open for local visitors only.

❌ Potteric Carr nature reserve and visitor centre will remain closed for now. We've explored all options to open safely but concerns remain about the risks opening this enclosed reserve, where our colleagues need to be on hand to advise visitors.  

❌ All events are cancelled until 15th February at the earliest.

❌ Volunteering remains suspended for new volunteers. If you are a current volunteer, please contact your volunteer manager for more information.

Thank you, as always, for your support and patience. Stay safe, Yorkshire.

See previous updates

Keeping safe on our nature reserves

You can help to keep our nature reserves safe for visitors, wildlife and our staff by following the following rules:

  • Only visit reserves in your local area - please do not travel to nature reserves away from home
  • Keep a 2-metre distance from all other visitors and staff at all times
  • Follow any signage on site, and don't use any bird hides during lockdown
  • Stick to the paths and trails, and check if dogs are welcome or need to be on a lead
  • Take your litter home, as it's harder for us to empty bins regularly
Covid signage
We're good to go logo over Spurn Discovery Centre

Visitor centres

Potteric Carr and Spurn Discovery Centre are currently closed. 

We can't wait to welcome you back! 

Please stay local, stay safe, stay wild!

Potteric Carr visitor centre  Spurn Discovery Centre

Potteric Carr cafe

(c) Tom Marshall

Test and Trace

When open, our cafes are required to collect the name and contact details of at least one member of every party of visitors (up to six people). The Government is strongly recommending the NHS COVID-19 app for Test and Trace which you can download in advance.

Download the app

If you cannot/do not want to use this app then we will record your contact information on pen and paper, which will be stored securely. Legally we must comply with the new Test and Trace rules, We are sorry but we cannot serve you if you do not provide contact details for Test and Trace. 

Risk assessment


We have developed a coronavirus (COVID-19) risk assessment and put in place measures to help protect our personnel, visitors, contractors and the communities within which we work. View our risk assessment.