NATURE reserves across Wiltshire are remaining open, permitting the public follow social distancing guidance in the wake of Covid-19.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust announced the news following PM Boris Johnson's coronavirus lockdown address Monday night, confirming the county's reserves will stay open.

Reserves in and around Salisbury include Blackmoor Copse, Cockey Down, Coombe Bissett Down, Landford Bog, Middleton Down, Nadder Island, The Devenish and Oysters Coppice.

Chief executive Dr Gary Mantle MBE said that keeping grounds open gives the public an opportunity to "unwind with wildlife and get some fresh air and exercise away from crowds".

He added: "The UK government's guidance on social distancing recognises the value of going for a walk outdoors if you stay more than two metres from others.

"We also know how important nature is for our wellbeing, and so over the coming weeks we will be suggesting things that you can do from home, or in your garden."

Despite keeping nature reserves open however, the trust is cancelling or postponing planned events and activities until further notice.

Additionally the Kingfisher Cafe at Langford Lakes has closed, and the reserve itself is also closed for essential maintenance until April 6.

The toilets at Lower Moor Farm have also been closed to prevent further spread of the virus.

Dr Mantle added: “We want to offer a big thank you to all our members and supporters– it’s particularly at difficult times like these that your support is so important to us.”