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.

Shapwick Heath NNR and its car-parks on Ashcott Road and at the Avalon Marshes Centre are now open to visitors.

The Marshes Hub Tea Stop cafe at the Avalon Marshes Centre has been re-opened for takeaway only, however, please note that there is no indoor or outdoor seating and public toilets, visitor information point and hides remain closed.

All visitor facilities at RSPB Ham Wall are closed; this includes the car park, toilets and hides.

Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Westhay and Catcott reserves are now open for small numbers of local visitors as they are confident following initial checks that ground nesting birds will not be disturbed by responsibly-behaved 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 and nearby toilets remain closed. The hides at Westhay and Catcott remain closed as social distancing is not possible in these enclosed environments, but these cannot be locked as some people see this is an invitation to vandalise them. We therefore ask all visitors to respect this and not use the bird hides for now.

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

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