Cornwall Wildlife Trust's response to Coronavirus (updated Tuesday 5th January 2021)
We have reviewed Government guidance following the announcement of the latest nationwide lockdown in England. To play our part in stopping the spread of the infection in Cornwall and to take care of our staff and volunteers while continuing our work, we have made the following adjustments:
- Our offices will remain closed to the public – please be patient when contacting us via email and phone while we work from home
- Our nature reserves (with the exception of our Five Acres site and Looe Island) will remain open - when visiting these wonderful places please make sure you practice social distancing
- Volunteering in groups will pause until further notice
- Orders from our online shop will continue to be fulfilled once a week
Nature was an enormous comfort to many during the lockdowns of 2020 and we hope you find joy and hope from Cornwall’s wildlife and green spaces over the difficult weeks ahead. If you would like to show your appreciation of nature, please consider becoming a member or making a donation – your support will make a huge difference.
Take good care of yourself, make the most of the opportunities below and we look forward to the day we can see you face-to-face again!
Keeping connected with nature while staying at home
In light of the latest national lockdown, 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.
Throughout the start of 2021, we will be updating this page regularly so you can get your wildlife fix from home! 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. We'd love to see!
Videos to watch
Throughout 2020, Cornwall Wildlife Trust projects adapted 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. We will be adding to this selection of videos throughout this lockdown.
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
Curl up in the warm and read some of our recent blog posts.
Looe Island Nature Highlights: Winter Special
I'm Claire, and Looe Island is my home all year round. I'm a nature warden on this extra-special nature reserve (owned by…
A winter wildlife-garden wander
As we come to the end of 2020, a year in which many of us have appreciated our gardens as a lockdown haven, Cornwall Wildlife Trust…
The Great Big Hedgehog Quiz
Rowena Millar, Cornwall Wildlife Trust's (currently Non-Roving) Wildlife Reporter, has adopted the role of wildlife Christmas…
Five things we found out about hedgehogs at 'Wildlife Matters LIVE: Operation Hedgehog update'
Hedgehogs are easy to love. With their curious, snuffly faces and habit of rolling into a ball when things get too much, it’s certainly…
Escape to Cornwall’s nature reserves: Churchtown Farm, Saltash
8 out of 10 people who shared their experiences of nature in lockdown earlier this year planned to visit a nature reserve in the next 12…
Hedgehogs in the garden – Autumn and Winter advice
Rowena Millar, Cornwall Wildlife Trust's (currently Non-Roving) Wildlife Reporter, continues to show us how to make the best of our…
Things to see
You don't have to go far to see wildlife. Even looking out of your window or standing in your garden can give great opportunities for nature spotting!
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!