Evening Folks. This is just to repeat the message that was posted on Old Moor's Twitter feed and Facebook page. The message is that...

"Following the latest government advice we have made the difficult decision to close our nature reserve RSPB Old Moor including hides and trails, to visitors by the end of today, Wednesday 18 March. This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers, supporters and members of the public.

We do not feel that on our reserve it would be safe to keep it open to the public at this point. However, other RSPB nature reserves across the Dearne valley and beyond will remain open at no cost where it is safe to do so, and other great nature conservation organisations have also announced that their reserves remain open to the public, so if you are looking to get outside and immerse yourself in nature, please visit other local nature reserve’s social media pages for updates.

If you don’t have an open nature reserve close to you, or are staying indoors, we want to do everything we can to help people and our local community safely experience nature at this time, which is why we will be here providing updates, news, photos, blogs and more, to help you keep connected with nature over the coming weeks. Remember you can follow us on @RSPB_OldMoor on Twitter, on Facebook and on our blog: https://www.rspb.org.uk/…/reserves-…/dearne-valley-old-moor/

Our staff and volunteers will be continuing to work tirelessly to save nature on our reserves and through conservation projects and campaigns. More than ever, your support for nature is vital, and greatly appreciated.

You can find the RSPB’s latest response to coronavirus on our website

And the latest government information and advice on coronavirus can be found on the Department for Health and Social Care’s website.

Most importantly, keep safe and look out for one another.

Take care, The RSPB Dearne Valley team."