We have been assessing the Covid-19 situation daily and have assessed the risks posed to all of our operations. The safety and wellbeing of our Wildlife Trust staff, volunteers and visitors is our highest priority during these unsettling times.
Following the Prime Minister’s advice on Monday 16th March The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW’s) Senior Management Team have confirmed that both the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Parc Slip Visitor Centre will close to the general public from today; Tuesday 17th March 2020. We will monitor the situation and adhere to Government regulations and advice regarding a future opening date.
All of our Local Groups events have also been postponed.
Our nature reserves remain open, other than where they have had to close due to Ash Dieback, and they remain excellent places to unwind with wildlife, get fresh air, headspace and exercise away from crowds. We are also suspending all our conservation team led events and activities, including our programme of volunteer work parties, for the foreseeable future.
The situation is changing rapidly and we are working hard to manage the situation. Please be patient if you are trying to get in touch with any enquiries. Our response rate will be slower than usual as we have many staff working from home and only skeleton staff in the office. We are currently receiving a high volume of calls so we recommend emailing us via one of these three options:
General information enquiries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership enquires should be emailed to: email@example.com
Island enquires should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep an eye on our website where we will keep you updated with news.
We are thinking of all our wonderful members and supporters at this time, and hope you all stay safe. We recognise how important nature is for our wellbeing, and plan to send out regular updates for things you can do from home, or in your garden.
We look forward to welcoming you once again, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
In light of the announcement made by the Prime Minister on 23rd march 2020, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is now closing both Skomer and Skokholm islands to overnight and day visitors, including private landings. The islands were due to open to visitors on the 1st of April.
The initial shut down will be for the month of April but this will be reviewed regularly with any updates shown as an amendment to this message.
Our mainland teams, where possible will be continuing to work from home and will respond to emails when they are able. We are unable to answer telephone queries while the office is closed.
Whilst we have never transferred bookings from one year to the next we have decided that this is an appropriate course of action in this unprecedented situation. Bookings will be offered for the same period in the same month next year. So if you have a reservation in April your booking would remain for the same period in April next year. We will also try to transfer bookings to a available slot later in the current season if this is an option that you would like to consider.
If you would rather have monies returned this will be completed when our teams return to work as we cannot perform this whilst working from home, we do appreciate your patience with this matter.
This is clearly an unprecedented time for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Skomer and Skokholm provide much of the income that the Trust needs to ensure that these two islands and over 100 other nature reserves can be managed effectively for wildlife. This loss of income for one year will have a catastrophic impact on our ability to look after our wildlife and nature reserves. We really do hope that we will be in a position to ensure that Skomer and Skokhom do open again to the public later this year; however, funds will be required to ensure that this is able to happen. Please consider donating some or all of your booking fees to help the islands.
You can let us know your wishes by emailing us at email@example.com
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