Elmley Is Closed For Day Visits Until Further Notice
From Monday 23rd March Elmley National Nature Reserve will be closed to all visitors.
The Government have issued advice to avoid non-essential travel and advised us all to comply with social distancing guidance to limit the spread of this very infectious virus.
At the start of this week we announced we would stay open as a much need place of solace in nature for our local community by maintaining access but closing communal facilities.
In the current climate, things are changing so fast, and with the government guidance on the need for social distancing and the advice against non-essential travel has meant that we have spent the last few days questioning over whether we should continue to be open whilst keeping our staff and volunteers safe and well.
Over the weekend, we had many more visitors than normal, in part due to fine weather and Mothering Sunday. This has put a significant strain on our volunteer wardens and staff. The very high number of visitors is likely to endure as many other leisure venues are closed. This high demand means that not all visitors were able to observe social distancing and many new visitors were unfamiliar with the Reserve so required support and guidance from our volunteer wardens. To continue to receive large numbers of visitors is untenable for both our well-being wardens and therefore our conservation work during the breeding season.
We have now sadly taken the decision to close all of the Reserve and accommodation. We will review this decision as Governemnt advice is updated.
We are very grateful for the supportive messages many have sent and we will keep you up-to-date with Spring happenings at Elmley through our Social Media channels. For now, please do not make non-essential journeys and stay safe.
We look forward to reopening as soon as we are able.