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 11/01/21

Nature Reserves

Our nature reserves remain 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

To try and keep everyone safe, all hides at Rainton Meadows and Low Barns will be locked and closed for use until further notice. We will keep the bird feeding areas topped up with bird food so you can still enjoy watching our feathered friends on the reserves.

The Northumbrian Water Derwent bird hide is also currently closed.

Visitor Centres & Coffee Shops

As a result of the national lockdown and our limited staff capabilities due to school closures, we are sorry to say that our barriers, coffee shops and visitor centres at Rainton Meadows and Low Barns Nature Reserves are closed until further notice.

Follow our coffee shops, for their latest updates:


Our play area at Rainton Meadows is unfortunately closed at the moment but our nature reserve is very much open so please do take the opportunity to enjoy a walk and make the most of everything it has to offer.

Meeting Rooms

All bookings for meeting rooms are postponed until  further notice.  Please get in touch by email if you would like to make a room or site booking or are interested in birthday parties for next year.


Due to current restrictions in place we are unable to facilitate face-to-face events at this time. But our brilliant programme of online events continues, please check our website for latest details and get involved!



Volunteering on sites has been taking place in limited number groups adhering to covid restrictions, however from 31/12 it will be paused. We are currently unable to take on new volunteers.


Our online store is currently closed. 

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