Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update

The health and wellbeing of the public, volunteers and staff are of upmost importance to Durham Wildlife Trust. We have been keeping a close eye on government advice in response to the Coronavirus outbreak and adopting procedures to comply with any guidance.

Please scroll down to read the latest updates.

UPDATED 20/10/21

Nature Reserves

Our nature reserves are open to the public and we hope that they can provide some much-needed nature therapy during these uncertain times.  You can find your nearest reserve by clicking here

Bird Hides

The bird hides are open, but we ask that visitors observe the guidance on any posters in these locations and consider others in relation to mask wearing and social distancing.

We continue to keep the bird feeding areas topped up with bird food so you can still enjoy watching our feathered friends on the reserves.

Visitor Centres & Coffee Shops

The barriers are open each day for vehicle access.

The coffee shops at Low Barns Nature Reserve and Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve are open every day from 10am - 4pm.*

The toilets in the visitor centres are also open.

*Please follow the coffee shops on Facebook, for their latest updates:


Our play area at Rainton Meadows is open.

Meeting Rooms

We are now in a position to take bookings for meeting rooms. Please get in touch by email if you would like to make a room or site booking.


Add a wild twist to your little one's birthday and plan a party with us. Get in touch today with your requirements.


Click on the link below to see what's coming up. 


School Visits

We are delighted to be able to welcome school groups to our nature reserves once again. Book now to take your class group on a wild outdoor adventure. Find out more here.


Volunteering on sites has resumed. Find out more about volunteering with us here


Our online store is open. Dispatch of orders will take place once a week, so please allow time for your goods to arrive. Our visitor centre shops at Rainton Meadows and Low Barns are open each day 10am-4pm. 

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