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 returning, but we will keep certain precautions in place - including increased hygiene, carrying hand-sanitiser, adequate ventilation and social distancing where possible. Registration and contact details will be required.

Sussex Wildlife Trust will continue to offer some online events.

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 social distancing where possible 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.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Discovery Centre

At Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, we ask all visitors to follow social distancing where possible during their visit, particularly in the Discovery Centre and the bird hides.

At the Discovery Centre, staff and volunteers will continue to wear face masks and we will keep our additional hygiene measures in place. We very much appreciate it if our customers continue to wear their face masks indoors and sign in using Track and Trace. Please be kind and patient with our staff, we are very excited to welcome more visitors to the Centre and hope that you will support us during this transition period so that we can make sure everyone is safe and comfortable.

Woods Mill Nature Reserve

At Woods Mill Nature Reserve, the public toilets and bird hides will remain open.

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. Volunteers should get in touch with their volunteer leader to ask about the situation with their groups.

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 19 July 2021