Dear Friends

We're sending our thoughts and well wishes to everyone who has been impacted by the COVID-19 infection. We hope you; your family, colleagues and friends are all staying safe and doing what you can to keep well in these uncertain times.  

We know how much the Reserve mean to many of you and we want it to continue to be a place of solace, tranquillity and enjoyment. The health and wellbeing of our Friends, wardens, volunteers and staff is at the same time our utmost priority. As such we have taken the decision to continue opening our Reserve from 9am to 4pm and closed Tuesdays, however for both hygiene and practical reasons (a lack of loo rolls and sanitiser) the public toilets and bird hides will be closed and therefore there will be no facilities to wash your hands with soap and water and no availability of hand sanitiser gel on the Reserve.

If you wish to visit Elmley during these extraordinary times for some peace and tranquillity surrounded by abundant wildlife life you are welcome to use your car as a comfortable hide from which to observe or photograph the wildlife at close proximity. If you wish to stop, please park at an appropriate place where another car or farm vehicle can pass safely and turn off your engine whilst parked or waiting at the roadside as vehicle fumes can damage your health, wildlife and the environment. The rules for remaining in your car at all times remain unchanged. 

At present we request that you do not linger in the car park, avoid gathering groups at any time. If we are very busy, we will close the car park and signpost all cars to turnaround in the space below the main car park and return along the track– so in effect the entry road will be open but the remainder of the Reserve closed. The main gate will be open between 9am and 4pm, and will not be manned, so please ensure that you leave the reserve before closing time. Volunteer wardens will be mobile or in the car park.

In line with Government guidance, if you have a high temperature, or new continuous cough, please postpone your visit to Elmley, and stay at home for the recommended time. We also ask that should you be unfortunate enough to become infected shortly after visiting us that you make us aware in order that we can take appropriate action to protect others.

As said above, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update you on future developments following any further government guidance.

With best wishes in these anxious times.

Gareth, Georgina and everyone at Elmley