Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Our response to Covid-19

We all know that COVID-19 and other illnesses are less of a risk outdoors. 

This summer, we hope our nature reserves will be places where everyone feels safe and comfortable to visit, enjoy, work and volunteer. 

There are personal choices which can help reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus. Please be considerate to other visitors and continue to be cautious as virus cases are still rising.


Here's the latest from Government about what you can and cannot do in England from Monday 19th July. 

If you are planning to visit our reserves;

✅ Our nature reserves are open - but please stay at home if you feel unwell and get a test if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

✅ Face masks - we will not insist on people wearing these in our visitor centres but recognise that many people will want to wear one, especially at busy times, for their own comfort and consideration of others,

✅ Potteric Carr nature reserve is open including the shop and cafe.

✅ Spurn Discovery Centre, cafe, car park and Spurn National Nature Reserve are open.

❌ The Living Seas Centre remains closed for summer 2021.

✅ Events are happening across our region in-line with the new government guidance. Dates and details are on our events page and we have additional hand sanitising and test and trace measures in place. Please do not attend if you feel unwell.

✅ Our hides are open.

✅  Many of our volunteering roles and opportunities have restarted and are now expanding and providing even more inspiring and exciting ways for you to get involved this summer. we welcome new volunteers,

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

See previous updates

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Visitor centres


Our visitor centres are open

Potteric Carr visitor centre  Spurn Discovery Centre

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Welcoming you back - a message from our CEO

At Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, we are delighted to welcome you back safely to all of our nature reserves so that you can reconnect with each other and our wonderful wildlife.

Our CEO Rachael Bice says more in her latest blog, and gives some advice for visiting safely. 

Read now

Keeping safe on our nature reserves

Help to keep our nature reserves safe for visitors, wildlife and our staff:

  • Follow any signage on site
  • Stick to the paths and trails, and check if dogs are welcome or need to be on a lead
  • Take your litter home 
  • No fires or BBQs - these can scorch the reserve and quickly get out of control  
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Be tick aware

An Increase in ticks this year could be down to warmer, wetter weather.

How to reduce the risk and treat bites from ticks and insects

Read more
Potteric Carr cafe

(c) Tom Marshall

Test and Trace

The Government recommends using 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.  

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.