Looking after yourself, and nature

Looking after yourself, and nature

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's response to Coronavirus (updated 14th July 2020)

We are thinking of you all in these difficult times, and hope you are safe and well. 

In line with government advice, we made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone events and volunteer activities, at least until the end of July. Those of you already booked onto events in this period will be contacted by Cornwall Wildlife Trust to arrange a refund or to re-book.

Please note that in light of Coronavirus social distancing limiting the conservation work, community engagement and events we can undertake, at the moment some of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust team have been furloughed. If you wish to get in touch please email info@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk and we will reply as and when we can.

Visiting our nature reserves and helping to combat coronavirus

We are happy to report that we have reopened the majority of our nature reserves. When visiting these wonderful places please make sure that you practice social distancing and follow all the guidance that is in place to help combat coronavirus. There are signs on some nature reserves that will help to keep visitors apart and we would be very grateful if you could follow the instructions on these signs. 

There are still some restrictions in place such as closed bird hides and the following nature reserves will remain closed until further notice:

  • Five Acres
  • Nansmellyn Marsh
  • Sylvia’s Meadow
  • Upton Meadow

Update 20/5: Windmill Farm is now fully open, including the car park

Update 14/7: Looe Island is now open - please visit this page before travelling

Minibeast madness
We must look after our health and wellbeing during this time at home, nature is just outside the window and so important in easing anxiety.
Carolyn Cadman
Chief Executive of Cornwall Wildlife Trust

We’ve all had our own experiences of nature over the last few months and we would love to hear yours

We invite you to take part in the Cornwall Wildlife Lockdown Survey.

Completing the survey only take a few minutes, and we will use this to help shape our conservation work and conversations with policy makers.

Begin now...

Keeping connected with nature while staying at home

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, maintaining a connection with the natural world is more important than ever to ensure we're taking good care of our health and wellbeing.

We know that people who spend time in nature are happier and healthier, but it can be difficult to know how to do this safely in the current climate.

Please check back here regularly for actions to take while you are at home so you can get  your fix of the natural world while also benefiting the wildlife around you. Sign up to our newsletter, below, and we will email you with regular updates, tips, actions, videos and images to help you maintain a connection to nature.

Things to do  Things to see  Family activities 

Videos to watch  Things to read  Sign up for updates

New - homeschooling worksheets


Things to do

There are still lots of ways that you can help wildlife during this time. We've got some brilliant activity sheets to download. If you do try any of these, please share with us on social media using #everydaywildlife. We'd love to see!


As with all organisations, the current pandemic has impacted Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Right now we are challenged to look after our nature reserves and wildlife whilst keeping our staff safe – at a time when several sources of our funding are at risk. Wildlife is playing an important role in supporting people’s wellbeing in these difficult times and we want to protect wildlife and wild places now and for the future. Your support has never been more important to make this possible. Please consider donating or becoming a member today.

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Videos to watch

Cornwall Wildlife Trust projects have been adapting their programmes due to social distancing restrictions with many offering videos and live streams as an alternative to what would have otherwise been in-person events.

Rays around the Cornish coast

Penwith Landscape Partnership - Carn Kenidjack 360 degree video

Nick shows you how to make a hedge whistle - a swazzle!

Spring-time trees in West Cornwall

Matt, from the marine team, shows us how to press seaweed

Jenn, from Your Shore Beach Rangers, hosts a live shark Q&A

Catsharks of Cornwall

What can you eat in the garden?

Seasonal sharks - beautiful sharks in Cornwall's waters

Breakfast with a seal!

Photographing and studying Cornish Seaweeds With Michiel Vos

What is Seasearch and what is its impact so far?

Where do sharks go and how do we know? with Haley Dolton

Spring wild flowers in the lanes of Penwith


Things to read

At the end of a day in the garden or crafting, curl up and read some of our recent blog posts.


Things to see

You don't have to go far to see wildlife. Even looking at of your window or standing in your garden can give great opportunities for nature spotting! Here are some sheets to help you.

Learn to identify bees

Learn how to identify butterflies and moths

Find minibeasts in your garden

Signs of spring spotter

Download your Signs of Spring Spotter sheet - how many of the 10 listed can you see in the garden?

Yellow springtime flowers to look out for

How many of these yellow springtime flowers (PDF) can you see when out on a walk near to home?


Things to make and do as a family

Crafts and activities can be a great way of keeping busy as a family whilst still connecting with wildlife in your home and garden.

Click the images under each heading to download a printable worksheet.

Make a simple hedgehog house

Make a bird feeder

Make a garden wigwam

Make a butterfly feeder

How to make a homemade bird hide

How to build hidey holes

Make a butterfly feeding table

How to go pond dipping

How do you go pond dipping

How do you go pond dipping

Wildlife worksheets for homeschooling

Wildlife worksheets for homeschooling

Cornwall Willdife Trust supporter, Caitlin, created these wonderful Wildlife Worksheets for those who are currently homeschooling. Answers to the questions can be found in issue 141 of Wild Cornwall or by searching online. Let us know how you get on!

Wildlife Worksheets - Hedgehogs

Wildlife Worksheets - Insects and things that eat them

Wildlife Worksheets - Insects and things that eat them