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As it stands, all nine members of the Wild East Devon staff team are still working and are still contactable 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Most of us are working from home, while some are lone working at our nature reserves undertaking essential repairs. 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.

  • 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. We have now closed the car park and bird hides at Seaton Wetlands.
  • All of our public events up to Fri 1 May have been cancelled. This means that unfortunately anticipated events such as our family festival Bluebell Day will not go ahead.
  • All volunteering sessions or volunteer-led events have been cancelled up to Fri 1 May, including the ‘What’s That Bird?’ events on Thu 19 Mar, Sat 4 Apr and Thu 16 Apr.
  • We have also cancelled or postponed our current projects working with those in the vulnerable age categories including the Outdoors Club, Wild Swimming and Live Wise Age Well groups.
  • The Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands has closed, we hope to re-open on Sat 2 May.
  • Schools visits to our nature reserves have been cancelled until Fri 1 May.
  • Our toilets at the wetlands are now closed, in line with East Devon District Council policy on public toilets.

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

 

Please see below for detailed updates:

Update 4: Mon 30 Mar

The weekend saw little to no usage of our nature reserves - well done to everyone who stayed at home to play your part in helping to contain this virus. As it stands, all nine members of the Wild East Devon staff team are still working and are still contactable 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Most of us are working from home, while some are lone working at our nature reserves undertaking essential repairs. 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.

Keep safe,

The Wild East Devon Team

 

Update 3: Fri 27 Mar

Devon & Cornwall Police guidance as of 25 Mar is that our daily exercise of 30 minutes should not involve a car journey. To assist in our observance of these measures we are temporarily closing the car park at Seaton Wetlands for the duration of the stringent social distancing period.

This week, we have also closed our five bird hides and public toilets at Seaton Wetlands in line with East Devon District Council policy.

Please remain responsible if using our nature reserves to exercise.

Thank you for your co-operation

The Wild East Devon Team

 

Update 2: Fri 20 Mar

Following on from Update 1 on Wed 18 Mar, Wild East Devon is now in a position to clarify our response to the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to our public events and schools programme.

Our ten nature reserves will remain open 24/7, free of charge, to encourage the residents of East Devon to enjoy our 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, leaflet racks and bird hides.

In addition to the measures outlined in Update 1 regarding cancelling volunteering sessions or volunteer-led events, current projects working with those in the vulnerable age categories and the opening of the Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands, we will now extend that cancellation to include our public events and schools visits until Fri 1 May. This means that unfortunately anticipated events such as our family festival Bluebell Day will not go ahead. Although this is a disappointment, these measures have been introduced to protect our volunteers, staff and the public. They will be under constant review by the team and any change will be communicated to all involved as the situation develops.

Our toilets at the wetlands remain open, in line with East Devon District Council policy on public toilets.

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

 

Update 1: Wed 18 Mar

As you will be well aware, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now reached Devon and we are now in a position to increase our response to the issues arising. It is important that any steps we take are proportionate to the situation and as the spread of the virus escalates, clearly the more impactful our actions will need to be.

Our ten nature reserves will remain open 24/7, free of charge, to encourage the residents of East Devon to enjoy our 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, leaflet racks and bird hides.

As a result of this week’s government advice we have decided that from today, Friday 20 Mar, we will not be running any volunteering sessions or volunteer-led event, until Fri 1 May, including the ‘What’s That Bird?’ events on Thu 19 Mar, Sat 4 Apr and Thu 16 Apr. This means that the opening hours of the Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands will be severely reduced, closing until Sat 2 May at the earliest. Our toilets at the wetlands remain open, in line with East Devon District Council policy on public toilets.

We have also cancelled or postponed our current projects working with those in the vulnerable age categories including the Outdoors Club, Wild Swimming and Live Wise Age Well groups.

These measures will be introduced to protect our volunteers, staff and the public. This will be under constant review by the team and any change will be communicated as the situation develops.

We understand that this is a worrying time for everyone and that we all need to take care of our own health and look out for friends, family and colleagues.

I am sure you understand the reasons for this and that we have a responsibility to our visitors, volunteers and staff, to reduce the risk and spread of the COVID-19 disease.

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.