Welcome back to our events!
We’re excited to invite you to events on our nature reserves again.
Keeping everyone safe
Nature has a remarkable way of lifting our spirits, with many of us finding joy in the natural world during lockdown. So, we’re delighted to once more offer events on our nature reserves. These provide a fantastic opportunity to see nature from a different perspective or get behind the scenes at your favourite reserves.
We’ve put a lot of time and thought into how we can offer our events and experiences in the safest ways possible. Following government guidelines, some of our reserves are able to offer events from 1 October. However, before booking, please read the following information about what to expect and the changes we’ve made to keep you safe on your visit.
Although it isn’t possible to run all the events that we’d planned for 2020, we’re working hard to offer as many as we can, while ensuring the safety of our visitors and teams.
Be aware the government guidelines may be different in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and in areas with local lockdown restrictions. Please check the relevant guidance when travelling between UK countries and when booking places on events.
What you need to know
Our priority is to keep you and our teams safe during the current Covid-19 situation. Read on to find out what to expect, what to do before attending an event and our new guidelines to help keep everyone safe.
We can’t wait to welcome you, but please do not attend an event if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. Please see our cancellation policy below if you have already booked on to an event.
If you become unwell, are self-isolating, local lockdown restrictions affect your attendance at an event, or you're affected by other coronavirus related restrictions, please contact the reserve that the event is being held at as soon as possible.
What to expect
Please follow all current country-specific guidance on social/physical distancing and hygiene when visiting our sites. Be aware the guidance may be different in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Please check the relevant government guidance when travelling between UK countries. Where government guidance limits group sizes, we'll restrict the number of tickets you as an individual can buy.
Please make sure you dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Due to limits on the number of people in some of our buildings it’s unlikely that the event group will be able to shelter indoors during wet weather.
We’re currently not offering binoculars for hire or sharing binoculars and telescopes as part of our events. Please bring your own binoculars and telescopes if you’d like to use them at the event, and your own torch for evening events too. Please don’t share your equipment with other event people on the day.
To make sure everyone is safe, where necessary, our teams will arrange a designated meeting point for the event. You’ll be told where in the booking information, so please read it carefully before you arrive.
We’re helping the NHS Test and Trace programmes in each of the UK countries. At the time of booking, we’ll ask for your name and contact details of all event attendees. All personal data is held securely and confidentially by us. We’ll only release the data to the NHS if absolutely necessary and will securely destroy it after 21 days as required. For more government information see England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.
Your event leader will regularly remind you of the social/physical distancing guidelines throughout the event. Please be respectful of our team and your fellow event visitors.
Hand sanitiser will be available during the event, but we advise you to bring your own too.
We ask that all visitors, except those who are exempt from doing so, please bring a face covering with you to each event. Some events will pass through our visitor centres and hides, and you may want to visit our shops and cafes when you’re there too. Thank you for following this requirement. Be aware the government guidance on face coverings may be different in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We've been able to open many of our toilets and have implemented enhanced cleaning regimes in line with government guidance. Please make sure you arrive at your event with plenty of time as there may be longer queues for the facilities than usual.
Some of our events will include time in our hides and viewing places. Please use the hand sanitiser provided, follow social/physical distancing and the guidance given by your event leader.
Our cancellation policy
If you need to cancel your booking up to seven days before the event, we will provide a full refund.
If you become unwell, are self-isolating, local lockdown restrictions affect your attendance at an event, or you’re affected by other coronavirus related restrictions, please contact the reserve that the event is being held at, as soon as possible, to request a refund or gift voucher. For more information and to see our full cancellation policy on our Events Terms and Conditions.pdf
In the unfortunate situation where there are local lockdown restrictions that impact on the delivery of events, we’ll contact those with bookings to reschedule or refund, depending on the circumstances.
We’ll always endeavour to make sure our events can go ahead as planned. However, in some circumstances we may have to cancel or change the event at short notice.
Please see our terms and conditions, including our full cancellation policy, for all events.
Can I run my own event on your site?
Other businesses and charities sometimes run their own events on our nature reserves. To run your own event or activity on an RSPB site, you’ll need a licence or contract in place, depending on the activity. Some of our sites are working with third parties again, and others are limited in their capacity to do so. If you’re planning to use one of our sites to run an event, part of a tour or for a gathering, please contact the relevant reserve direct to arrange this.
NOTE: Please give us as much notice as possible before the intended date of the event, as many of our teams are still running at reduced capacity.
We're incredibly grateful for your continued support and patience at this challenging time. It really means a great deal to us. Our work on reserves and across the RSPB is only possible thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters like you.
Stay safe, and we look forward to sharing amazing nature experiences with you.