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Updated 2 Nov:

Unsurprisingly and sadly in light of Saturday’s government announcement we have had to respond and make some substantial temporary changes to our operations across our nature reserves.

In a management meeting this morning the following was agreed to be in place starting this Thursday 5th November:

  • Our ten nature reserves remain open. Residents of East Devon can still use the green, open spaces while observing recommended social distancing measures. We ask all visitors to our reserves to take extra care when making contact with surfaces such as gates and leaflet racks.
  • No events will run during this new lockdown period. Our only event scheduled for November (Christmas Willow Weaving) will be rearranged for a new date in December. Visit our event pages here for up-to-date listings.
  • We will be ceasing all volunteer activities on our sites for the next four weeks until December 2nd (or a time when the additional restrictions are lifted).
  • The four Bird Hides at Seaton Wetlands will remain open but in addition to the existing rules such as reduced seating, removed windows and a time limit we will be requesting that people entering the hides now wear face masks.
  • The toilets at Seaton Wetlands are now open and will remain open.
  • The Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands remains closed until further notice.

The staff team will still be contactable as no staff will be furloughed. We will be either working from home or continuing to carry out site maintenance and management works. We have suspended moderate and above risk activities to ensure no avoidable call on our amazing emergency services, which means inconveniences such as temporary closures to some permissive paths may be in effect.

These measures will be under constant review by the team and any change will be communicated to all involved as the situation develops.

Thank you for your support of the team up to now, please stay safe and await further updates from us with regards to each aspect of Wild East Devon.

The Wild East Devon Team

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