Hello!As I am sure you are aware Covid rates are falling, more people are being vaccinated, and the lockdown rules are easing. So what will all this mean for visiting our reserves at Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore. Below is a quick summary.
WelcomeThe visitor centre at Frampton Marsh is not open. You will usually find staff on duty to welcome you either on the veranda of the centre, or just inside the wooden welcome hut. On the first Tuesday of each month the welcome (and toilets) will not be open until 12pm, to allow for a staff meeting. The reserve will still be open however.Given the constraints of the building, with only one way in/out, it is likely that the visitor centre will not be able to open for indoor seating until June at the earliest.
Car parksAll the car parks are open, at both sites.
Reserve TrailsAll the trails are open, from dawn to dusk. At Frampton, please close the gates in the anti-predator fence behind you, as it will keep the breeding area free from ground-based predators. Please also be considerate of other visitors. If you want to stop to look at something, step off the path so that others can get by whilst maintaining the 2 metres distancing. There are no one-way systems, we have cut the paths to be wide enough for everyone to get by.
HidesAll the hides are currently closed.
ToiletsThe toilets at Frampton are be open between 10 am and 4 pm daily (with the exception of the first Tuesday of the month, as mentioned above). Please check with the staff on duty if the loos are free and, if not, queue in a socially distant fashion outside. To comply with Covid regulations we will have to close the toilets at times in order to clean them.Please remain patient during this time, we will get them open again as quickly as we can whilst not skimping on the cleaning.
RefreshmentsWe are offering limited takeaway refreshments between 10 am and 4 pm. We can offer Americano coffee (made fresh with our fantastic Love Nature coffee beans), hot chocolate, and teas (English breakfast, Earl Grey, peppermint, red berry or decaff). We do have powdered almond milk available for our vegan and lactose-intolerant visitors. A variety of cans or cartons of cold drinks are also available. We also have a variety of prepackaged cakes and biscuits. Please make your order with the staff on duty, and pay with a contactless card or device. We regret that we are currently unable to offer filled rolls, ice creams, or the more exotic coffees like we usually do.
Entry FeesThe access fee of £1 per car for non-members still applies at Freiston Shore. At Frampton Marsh we are not currently charging an entry free. However this is due to be reintroduced soon, probably on 12 April. When this happens the price will be £2.25 per adult, £1.00 per child (first child and under 5's are free). This is a 25% reduction off the normal price, given the hides are still closed. The charge will include use of any of the reserve's facilities, including toilets and the car park.
EventsWe regret that due to Covid restrictions we will not be running an Easter Egg Hunt this year. There will be a FREE trail to follow, to discover the mysteries off eggs. However there will be no prize for this.We hope to bring back a limited events programme from 12 April with small guided walks, and a self-led trail for the May half-term.
We will update this information if anything changes. In the meantime, enjoy the reserve and stay safe everyone!
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