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A reduced number of the Wild East Devon staff team are still working and are still contactable 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Some of us are working from home, while some are lone working at our nature reserves undertaking essential repairs. We have suspended moderate and above risk activities to ensure no avoidable call on our amazing emergency services, which means inconveniences such as temporary closures to some permissive paths may be in effect.

  • Our ten nature reserves remain open. Residents of East Devon can still use the green, open spaces while observing recommended social distancing measures. We ask all visitors to our reserves to take extra care when making contact with surfaces such as gates and leaflet racks.
  • Our public events are resuming with an adapted programme. Visit our event pages here for up-to-date listings.
  • We have brought some of our volunteering roles back for small group, practical sessions.
  • All volunteer-led events have been cancelled until further notice.
  • We have also cancelled or postponed our current projects working with those in the vulnerable age categories including the Outdoors Club, Wild Swimming and Live Wise Age Well groups.
  • Three of the Bird Hides at Seaton Wetlands have been re-opened and are now available to use under new rules such as reduced seating, removed windows and a time limit.
  • The Discovery Hut and toilets at Seaton Wetlands has closed until further notice.

These measures will be under constant review by the team and any change will be communicated to all involved as the situation develops.

Thank you for your support of the team up to now, please stay safe and await further updates from us with regards to each aspect of Wild East Devon.

The Wild East Devon Team

 

Please see below for detailed updates:

Update 7: Tue 21 July

Events:

We are delighted to be resuming our events from July albeit with an adapted programme.

In August, our events programme currently stands as follows. All other events in August have been cancelled. Booking online:

1 Aug-31 Aug     8 or more Guided Tours

Every Thurs        Family Activity Hour Sessions with an Education Ranger

Wed 5 Aug         Outdoor Yoga, reduced capacity to ensure covid-compliance

Wed 5 Aug         Outdoor Meditation session with Pebble-Moon, reduced capacity to ensure covid-compliance

Sat 15 Aug         Windrush Willow Breton Style Round Basket, reduced capacity to ensure covid-compliance

Wed 26 Aug       Outdoor Yoga, reduced capacity to ensure covid-compliance

You can now book a exclusive Guided Walk of Seaton Wetlands. All our dates for July have sold out, but we have dates available in August and if you, like many of us, have had to be disconnected with the places we love throughout this public health crisis it could be a great reintroduction to visiting the outdoors. The tour encompasses a morning with a Wild East Devon Ranger centred on your interests and would be a behind-the-scenes look at all the places on the reserve that the public would not normally get to see. The tour is £40 for up to five people and ensures social-distancing guidelines are followed. To book, please visit our event pages here.

Volunteering:

In mid-July we welcomed back our first two roles of volunteers on a small group session-basis of up to five people per group booked via our online volunteering portal. We plan to increase numbers and bring back our other nine volunteer roles when safe to do so and in line with government and NVCO advice.

Before we have brought back all of our volunteer roles and especially while we are leading limited-number volunteer sessions we’ve made the decision not to induct any new volunteers into our team. This is partly to give our existing team of over 150 volunteers a chance at (currently only 10) limited volunteering spaces per week as well as a desire to give new volunteers as good as a welcome into the team as possible which is only achievable with a fully-functioning team of staff and volunteers.

Facilities:

At Seaton Wetlands, Three of our bird hides are now re-open, albeit with new rules in place such as reduced seating, no windows and a time limit. The Discovery Hut Hide is closed as we have swallows nesting in there. The Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands and our toilets remain closed until further notice. 

We continue to ask all visitors to our reserves to take extra care when making contact with surfaces such as gates and leaflet racks. Hand soap dispensers were installed at Seaton Wetlands a few weeks ago to provide some facilities to keep hands clean on site.

The car park through Seaton Cemetery, we do also have a hugely popular self-guided sculpture trail on.

 

Update 6: Wed 27 May

In response to the latest changes to government lockdown restrictions including a continuation of social distancing measures, we will be extending our cancellation of public engagement and volunteering sessions to Wednesday 1 July at the earliest.

This means that all our public events, volunteering sessions, projects and school visits scheduled for June are now cancelled.

At Seaton Wetlands, the car park will remain open and visiting is allowed. Please adhere to social distancing when coming near to other visitors. We’ve also taken the decision to not open any hides, toilet or visitor facilities for the time being. While this will be disappointing and may make visiting difficult for some, it’s important we remain focused on keeping our sites safe for people and wildlife. For now, this means staying in the great outdoors and not using any of our buildings.

While we encourage people to stay at alert when visiting our sites, we have also been suggesting some activities that can be done closer to home. These video guides can be found across our social media platforms @wildeastdevon and on our website.

We will be assessing what, if any, engagement activities will take in July and if any of our closed facilities can reopen safely. We will keep all our measures under review and communicate updates when we have them.

The Wild East Devon Team

 

Update 5: Fri 17 Apr

Following government announcement yesterday evening of a further three weeks of social distancing measures, we have taken the disappointing but necessary step of extending our existing response measures to Mon 1 June.

This means that all our public events, volunteering sessions, projects and school visits are now cancelled up to Mon 1 June.

At Seaton Wetlands, the Discovery Hut, car park, toilets and bird hides will remain closed. We hope to re-open these on Mon 1 June.

If you are still able to use our reserves as part of your daily permitted exercise please continue to follow the government social distancing guidance.

While we encourage people to stay at home we have been increasing our outputs on social media and on our website to suggest fun and educational activities for the whole family to have a go at in your garden or on your daily walk. Our videos can be found here or across our social media platforms @wildeastdevon

Hopefully we will be able to resume all activity in June, but we will keep all our measures under review and communicate updates when we have them.

The Wild East Devon Team

 

Update 4: Mon 30 Mar

The weekend saw little to no usage of our nature reserves - well done to everyone who stayed at home to play your part in helping to contain this virus. As it stands, all nine members of the Wild East Devon staff team are still working and are still contactable 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Most of us are working from home, while some are lone working at our nature reserves undertaking essential repairs. We have suspended moderate and above risk activities to ensure no avoidable call on our amazing emergency services, which means inconveniences such as temporary closures to some permissive paths may be in effect.

Keep safe,

The Wild East Devon Team

 

Update 3: Fri 27 Mar

Devon & Cornwall Police guidance as of 25 Mar is that our daily exercise of 30 minutes should not involve a car journey. To assist in our observance of these measures we are temporarily closing the car park at Seaton Wetlands for the duration of the stringent social distancing period.

This week, we have also closed our five bird hides and public toilets at Seaton Wetlands in line with East Devon District Council policy.

Please remain responsible if using our nature reserves to exercise.

Thank you for your co-operation

The Wild East Devon Team

 

Update 2: Fri 20 Mar

Following on from Update 1 on Wed 18 Mar, Wild East Devon is now in a position to clarify our response to the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to our public events and schools programme.

Our ten nature reserves will remain open 24/7, free of charge, to encourage the residents of East Devon to enjoy our green, open spaces while observing recommended social distancing measures. We ask all visitors to our reserves to take extra care when making contact with surfaces, such as gates, leaflet racks and bird hides.

In addition to the measures outlined in Update 1 regarding cancelling volunteering sessions or volunteer-led events, current projects working with those in the vulnerable age categories and the opening of the Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands, we will now extend that cancellation to include our public events and schools visits until Fri 1 May. This means that unfortunately anticipated events such as our family festival Bluebell Day will not go ahead. Although this is a disappointment, these measures have been introduced to protect our volunteers, staff and the public. They will be under constant review by the team and any change will be communicated to all involved as the situation develops.

Our toilets at the wetlands remain open, in line with East Devon District Council policy on public toilets.

Thank you for your support of the team up to now, please stay safe and await further updates from us with regards to each aspect of Wild East Devon.

The Wild East Devon Team

 

Update 1: Wed 18 Mar

As you will be well aware, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now reached Devon and we are now in a position to increase our response to the issues arising. It is important that any steps we take are proportionate to the situation and as the spread of the virus escalates, clearly the more impactful our actions will need to be.

Our ten nature reserves will remain open 24/7, free of charge, to encourage the residents of East Devon to enjoy our green, open spaces while observing recommended social distancing measures. We ask all visitors to our reserves to take extra care when making contact with surfaces, such as gates, leaflet racks and bird hides.

As a result of this week’s government advice we have decided that from today, Friday 20 Mar, we will not be running any volunteering sessions or volunteer-led event, until Fri 1 May, including the ‘What’s That Bird?’ events on Thu 19 Mar, Sat 4 Apr and Thu 16 Apr. This means that the opening hours of the Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands will be severely reduced, closing until Sat 2 May at the earliest. Our toilets at the wetlands remain open, in line with East Devon District Council policy on public toilets.

We have also cancelled or postponed our current projects working with those in the vulnerable age categories including the Outdoors Club, Wild Swimming and Live Wise Age Well groups.

These measures will be introduced to protect our volunteers, staff and the public. This will be under constant review by the team and any change will be communicated as the situation develops.

We understand that this is a worrying time for everyone and that we all need to take care of our own health and look out for friends, family and colleagues.

I am sure you understand the reasons for this and that we have a responsibility to our visitors, volunteers and staff, to reduce the risk and spread of the COVID-19 disease.

Thank you for your support of the team up to now, please stay safe and await further updates from us with regards to each aspect of Wild East Devon.

 

 

 

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