Looking after yourself and nature this winter

Throughout lockdown and beyond

Looking after yourself and nature this winter

Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's response to Coronavirus (updated Thursday 5th November 2020)

We have reviewed the Government guidance following the announcement of a 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 until 2nd December 2020:

  • 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 on a Wednesday

The lead up to Christmas is normally a key period for fundraising and gives us a great opportunity to see you at events around the county. Sadly this will not be the case this year. You can support our work by becoming a member or making a donation – your financial support really does make a 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 during this time

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 or visiting an outdoor public place, 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.


Help hedgehogs at home

There are still lots of ways that you can help wildlife during this time. As we head towards Christmas, hedgehogs across Cornwall will be hibernating but a lack of food and shelter means many won't make it through winter. Take action for hedgehogs by completing the actions below or by fundraising for our Hedgehog Appeal in whatever way you can! 

Badgers by Elliott Neep

Catch up on Wildlife Matters LIVE

If you were unable to attend the livestream of our first Wildlife Matters event, the full recording is available to watch back on our YouTube channel. Listen to our expert panel discuss our badger vaccination work to date and take questions from the live chat. 

Don't miss our second event in the series; all about our hedgehog conservation work on Tuesday 1st December at 7pm.

Child with leaves by Helena Dolby for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Things to do outside

It may be colder and the days might be shorter but there is so much to see in Cornwall at this time of year. Get your big coat on, dig out the wooly hat and head out on an adventure!

Robin by Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Prepare for a Wild Christmas!

Now is a great time to write Christmas cards and sort out some gifts for loved ones. We have you covered with a range of illustrated Christmas cards and wildlife-inspired gifts - all available from our online shop. All profits go back to protecting wildlife and wild places in Cornwall.

Child crafting by Helen Walsh

Create DIY gifts in time for Christmas

Get hands on and give a present which is appreciated by the recipient and the wildlife that lives or visits their garden.