Sussex Wildlife Trust response to Coronavirus

We are thinking of all our wonderful members and supporters at this time, and hope you all stay safe.

We have been assessing the Covid-19 situation daily and are constantly reviewing all of our planned events, taking sensible steps to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers and members of the public.


Face to face events are gradually returning, but events will have limited capacity and require registration. School visits will not be running.

Sussex Wildlife Trust will be offering some online events during this period.

Nature reserves

Following the new Government guidelines we can confirm that Sussex Wildlife Trust's nature reserves remain open.

We would ask that all visitors follow strict social distancing guidelines during their visit to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them. Please also respect the need to keep dogs on their leads at all times to protect birds and other wildlife.

At Rye Harbour nature reserve, only a limited number of visitors will be allowed access to the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre when it opens its doors on Monday 24 May 2021.

To avoid queueing and to assist staff, Sussex Wildlife Trust is encouraging everyone to delay their visit until Monday 21 June 2021 when hopefully most restrictions will ease. However, visitors are still encouraged to visit the nature reserve which is springing into abundant life with lots of wildlife to see and enjoy.

At Woods Mill nature reserve, the public toilets will be open. The Horsebox Café will re-open in June.

Important. Please note that dogs (except assistance dogs) are not allowed at Woods Mill nature reserve at any time.


Volunteer groups and individual volunteering has started returning. This is a staged return, not all groups will be able to return at once, and there will be limited spaces. Your group leader will be in touch about the restart of your group.

Getting in touch

Please email rather than telephone if you need to get in touch with the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Most staff are working from home and may take slightly longer to reply to enquiries, so we appreciate your patience.

We recognise how important nature is for our wellbeing, and plan to send out regular updates for things you can do from home, or in your garden. We also encourage everyone  to engage with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we will be sharing the sights and sounds of seasonal wildlife.

updated 17 May 2021