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 2/3/21

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 are locked and closed for use at the moment. We expect to be able to open them from 17th May.

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

We are pleased to say that the barriers are now open each day for vehicle access.

The coffee shops at Low Barns Nature Reserve and Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve are now open as a takeaway service 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 will reopen on 29th March. Please do read and observe the covid-19 rules when using this facility.

Meeting Rooms

We are now in a position to take bookings for meeting rooms from 17th May onwards. 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. Bookings* can be taken for dates from 12th April. Get in touch today with your requirements.

*Parties will be in limited numbers and outside at first, in line with government guidance, please contact us for full details using the link above.


Our programme of popular online events continues and we're hoping to restart in person events soon, 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 from 12th April. Book now to take your class group on a wild outdoor adventure. Find out more here.


Volunteering on sites will resume in limited group sizes from 29th March. We plan to restart recruitment for new volunteers from 1st June. Find out more about volunteering with us here


Our online store will reopen from week commencing 8th March. Dispatch of orders will take place once a week, so please allow time for your goods to arrive. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for details of on-site shop opening hours. 

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