Coronavirus Update

Following the latest government advice we have made the difficult decision to close our visitor centre, café and shop to visitors by the end of the day on Friday 20 March. This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us but we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite in whichever form and wherever you may encounter it. We want to do everything we can to help people and our local community safely experience nature at this time, which is why we are keeping our reserve trails and car park open. Therefore, we are also waiving our car parking charge so people can enjoy the forest at no cost.

The main and accessible car parks will be open 8am – 5pm. The St John’s car park will remain open throughout the day and overnight.

We hope that visitors will continue to enjoy this amazing reserve and the incredible wildlife it has to offer while observing physical distancing measures.

If you are unable to get out into nature physically, then the RSPB 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 directly @RSPBSherwood on Twitter and @VisitSherwoodForest on Facebook, and across national RSPB social media channels.

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 here.

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 Sherwood team.