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Avalon Marshes response to Covid-19

By now we are all aware of the severity of Coronavirus and the impact it will have on our lives in the coming weeks and months.

We wanted to let you know how are dealing with it at Avalon Marshes.  Safety is our top priority and we are closely monitoring Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates in order to act quickly, and are following advice from the Government and World Health Organisation.

In line with government advice, and to play our part in not spreading Covid-19, we are cancelling all events and volunteer activities until further notice, and will keep this under review as further advice emerges.

Update 11 August:

In line with Government guidance Shapwick Heath NNR and its associated car parks are open to visitors, but the hides remain closed.

The Marshes Hub Tea Stop cafe at the Avalon Marshes Centre is open 10am – 5pm with outdoor seating only.  The public toilets are open during cafe opening hours. The Gallery is open Fri/Sat/Sun, 11am – 4pm, and there is a manned outdoor visitor information point in the garden at weekends.

At RSPB Ham Wall, the car park and toilets are open, but reception building and hides remain closed.

Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Westhay and Catcott reserves are now open for small numbers of local visitors. However, please be aware that the car parks are small so cannot take lots of visitors’ cars. You may find you are unable to park on arrival and will not be able to visit; please do not park on the roadsides around any of our reserves as this blocks the road for local people and businesses. We may also need access at any time, and we must ensure emergency vehicles can gain access.  No SWT reserves have toilets or serve refreshments so are not suitable for long day trips.

Please see the individual partner organisations’ social media and websites for further details.  Thank you

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