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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.Chief Executive of Cornwall Wildlife Trust
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
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!
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.
Online Open Gardens Series - Bolts Quarry Farm
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, the Open Garden events for 2020 have been cancelled. In this online Open Gardens series, we will be…
My secret to a great relationship with Common Wasps
Who loves the Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)? Whatever your feelings, please read on, because I may have discovered the secret of how to…
Bats in our gardens
A very exciting thing takes place in our garden every now and again: a Greater Horseshoe Bat flies through. It’s awe inspiring to see…
Online Open Garden Series - Trenarth
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Open Garden events for 2020 have been cancelled. In this online Open Gardens series, we will be…
Nature in Lockdown - in conversation with Helen Glover
Two-time Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover was born and raised in Cornwall, where her love of sports, the outdoors and wildlife began…
Nature in Lockdown - reflections of Marine Team member, Abby Crosby
Abby is a Marine Conservation Officer at Cornwall Wildlife Trust. She leads various projects within our Living Seas Team, including our…
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
Yellow springtime flowers to look out for
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
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!