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.

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UPDATED 18/9/20

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 from 18/9/20 until further notice. We will keep all 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

Site car park barriers at Rainton Meadows and Low Barns are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day.  Access on foot is possible at any time.

The coffee shops at Low Barns and Rainton Meadows are operating a daily takeaway service from 10am-4pm and the toilets at both centres are open. 


To try and keep everyone safe the play area at Rainton Meadows will be closed from 18/9 until further notice as our space doesn’t allow for great social distancing. We would encourage you to go out onto the reserve and see how much fun you can have enjoying the wildlife you find.

The toilets remain open.

Meeting Rooms

All bookings for meeting rooms are postponed until January 2021.  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 new restrictions in place from 18/9/20 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 will continue in small groups, focusing on essential tasks to ensure that health and safety on reserves is maintained. Tasks will be restricted to one group of volunteers per member of staff with individual travel arrangements essential. We are currently unable to take on new volunteers.

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