Visitor Centre Update

Visitor Centres update 23/3/20

In line with Government guidance Durham Wildlife Trust’s visitor centres at Low Barns and Rainton Meadows will be closed from 4pm today (Monday 23rd March). There will be no vehicle access to both sites during this time as the Trust’s offices located in the centres are also closed. 

Access to the sites is available on foot but please respect any parking restrictions if you are visiting and do not block either the highway or barrier gate. In order to protect our sites as much as possible, for security reasons vehicle access is no longer available to those members with barrier keys. We hope that you can understand our reasons for taking these steps.

The situation will be monitored closely and information updated on this page when circumstances change. As ever, the Trust appreciates your continued support, without which we could not continue our vital work in protecting and conserving wildlife from Tees to Tyne.

If you need to get in touch, you can still contact us on 0191 5843112 or mail@durhamwt.co.uk

Update 17.3.20 – events

In light of the most recent government announcement, we have decided to cancel all upcoming public events to the end of April. If you have booked onto an event, you will receive an email to confirm the cancellation and to give you details, if applicable, regarding refunds. If you have not received your refund within the next week, please email mail@durhamwt.co.uk.

At this stage, our visitor centres and coffee shops at Rainton Meadows and Low Barns remain open, however we will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as necessary. We will be cancelling all room bookings and birthday parties and not taking any new bookings until June.

Our reserves offer a chance for people to step outside and enjoy nature without crowds and current advice is that getting out and taking exercise is beneficial and we hope that our nature reserves can continue to be enjoyed over the spring.

Further updates will be posted on this website.

As ever, we appreciate your ongoing support, without which we could not continue our vital work in protecting and conserving wildlife from Tees to Tyne.

If you have any questions, please email us: mail@durhamwt.co.uk