Events on our nature reserves

We’re excited to be able to invite you to events on our nature reserves.

Keeping everyone safe

In line with guidance from governments of the UK, we have resumed our events programme across our nature reserves. This may mean they look and feel slightly different due to differing restrictions in each UK country.


Whilst it isn’t possible to run all the events that we’d planned, we’re working hard to offer as many experiences as we can.  Our teams will be planning events that provide unique opportunities to see nature from a different perspective or get behind the scenes to experience some of your favourite reserves.

What you need to know

The information below outlines what to expect when you book on to one of our events, now and in the future, what to do before attending an event with us and the changes we’ve made to keep everyone safe. 


Our priority is to keep you and our teams safe during the current Covid-19 situation. When attending one of our events, you’ll notice we’ve made some changes and included some 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.


Be aware the government guidelines may be different in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Please check the relevant guidance when travelling between UK countries and when booking places on events.  

What to expect

Government guidance chevron-down

Please observe 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.

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Please make sure that you dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Due to limits on the number of people in some of our buildings it is unlikely that the event group will be able to shelter indoors during inclement weather.

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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 do not share your equipment with other event attendees on the day.

Meeting points chevron-down

To ensure the safety of everyone, where necessary, our teams will arrange a designated meeting point for the event. This will be communicated to attendees in the booking information so please read it carefully before you arrive.

Test and Trace chevron-down

We are helping the NHS Test and Trace programmes in each of the UK countries. At the time of booking, we will ask for a name and contact details of all event attendees. All personal data will be held securely and confidentially by us. We will only release the data to the NHS if absolutely necessary and will securely destroy it after 21 days as required.

Test and trace details are no longer required in England, but we encourage visitors to check in via the QR code, found at many of our reserves.

For further government information see England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.

Social/physical distancing chevron-down

For events taking place in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 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 attendees.

Social/physical distancing is no longer required in England, but we encourage our visitors respect and protect themselves and others by maintaining social distancing between households when attending one of our events.

Hand sanitiser chevron-down

Hand sanitiser will be available during the event, but we advise you to bring your own too.

Face coverings/masks chevron-down

We ask that all visitors, except those who are exempt from doing so, to 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.

Toilets chevron-down

We have been able to open many of our toilets and have implemented enhanced cleaning regimes in line with government guidance.  Please make sure that you arrive at your event with plenty of time as there may be longer queues for the facilities than usual.

Hides chevron-down

Some of our events will include time in our hides and viewing places. Please use the hand sanitiser provided, observe social/physical distancing and follow the guidance given by your event leader.

Our cancellation policy

If you need to cancel your booking chevron-down

If you need to cancel your booking up to seven days before the event, we will provide a full refund. Up to 72 hours before the event we will refund 50% of the ticket price.

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

Local lockdown chevron-down

In the unfortunate situation where there are local lockdown restrictions that impact on the delivery of events we will contact those with bookings to reschedule or refund, depending on the circumstances.

We will always endeavour to ensure that our events can go ahead as planned. However, in some circumstances we may have to cancel or change the event at short notice.

Full terms and conditions chevron-down

Terms and conditions, including our full cancellation policy for all events can be downloaded here.

Can I run my own event on your site?

Other businesses and charities sometimes run their own events on our nature reserves. In order to run your own event or activity on an RSPB site, you will need a licence or contract in place, depending on the activity. If you’re planning to use one of our sites to run an event, part of a tour or for a gathering in the future, please get in contact with the relevant site to arrange this.

We would really appreciate as much notice as possible before the intended date of the event, as many of our teams are still running at reduced capacity.

Thank you

We are 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.