Our Living Seas Volunteers have been busy getting the Visitor Centre ready!
So far 2020 has been a rather “unusual” year for everyone, it certainly has been for us in many ways. Unfortunately our WTSWW Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) visitor centre in New Quay, Ceredigion was unable to welcome visitors through it’s doors for the first time in almost 25 years!
Over winter 2019-2020 an intrepid group of our local Living Seas volunteers spent many hours revamping our visitor centre. Timed to perfection the revamp finished early March, in time for our usual seasonal opening but this year it unfortunately coincided with what was the beginning of a global pandemic.
So lockdown number one began as did all the repercussions of the global pandemic.
Once lockdown had ended, due to a number of reasons, primarily Covid-19 related, we weren’t in a position to be able to open the doors to our visitor centre until after the busier summer season had ended.
The decision to open in the middle of October was made, plans were set and a great deal of time and money were invested in order to be able to do so. We installed equipment, wrote and rewrote procedures, cleaned, allied staff and local volunteers together to help out, conducted training and were all set to open on Thursday 22nd October, in time for the half term holidays!
However, best laid plans change and ours was forced to change again as the Welsh Government announced plans for a “Firebreak lockdown” to start on Friday 23rd October!
The good news is that we did open for two days before closing again, we’ll consider that a practice run and we do hope to reopen after the firebreak lockdown ends, if regulations allow, and will remain open (Thursdays to Sundays, 10:30am-2:30pm) for as long as possible.
So please show us your support we’d love to see you if you’re in the area.
All we ask is:
- Please be patient, we will be allowing one extended family group in at a time
- Please wear a mask
- Please use the hand sanitiser
- Please use the NHS venue check-in
- Please enter with a smile 🙂
This pandemic has impacted us at CBMWC and the rest of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, in many ways, mainly financially but it has also impacted our ability to welcome our usual cohort of seasonal volunteers, conduct our vital marine research and survey work and open our visitor centre. If you haven’t been able to visit us this year then please consider making a donation to help support our marine conservation work and keep our visitor centre open!
Keep an eye on @CBMWC social media pages for more up to date information on re-opening as well as exciting projects and developments.
Sarah Perry, Living Seas Manager