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BTO and COVID-19 | BTO

17 Jan 2022

BBS volunteer. Photograph by David Tipling

This assertion was up to date at 09:00 on 17.01.2022.

Volunteers can presently undertake surveys in most/all elements of the UK as long as they’re cautious to comply with related steering.

The unfold of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has had a major impression on our lives, and on the monitoring and survey work to which we contribute. It’s more likely to proceed to have an effect on our actions for a while. BTO continues to take the risk critically, with utmost concern for the well being and well-being of our workers, volunteers and members, and people landowners and communities with which we work together.

It is important that our workers, volunteers and members proceed to comply with the newest authorities recommendation to be able to stop the unfold and transmission of an infection. The monitoring work undertaken by BTO workers and volunteers makes a invaluable contribution to society and to their very own psychological well-being, however these are distinctive occasions and the federal government recommendation gives the framework by which we should always direct our actions. Individuals throughout society are having to make sacrifices, and it’s important that we, as volunteers, proceed to do our bit by following authorities recommendation and supporting the efforts to deliver an finish to this pandemic. 

The well being of yourselves and your households and buddies is necessary. Should you or these near you’re impacted by the virus, we want you a swift restoration. You shouldn’t really feel that you must perform surveys this 12 months when you’ve got any issues in regards to the well being and security of your self or different folks.

BTO workplaces and dealing preparations

We’ve got put steps in place to minimise disruption to our work and core charitable actions and have produced a danger evaluation (PDF 823kb) for our workplaces. Please word that almost all of our workers are nonetheless working from house, however will be contacted by e mail or by way of our web site. We’ve got put in place mechanisms to allow folks to contact the BTO over the phone and our on-line gross sales operation stays open.

Collaborating in BTO surveys

BTO’s senior management workforce continues to evaluation printed laws, authorities steering and different related recommendation for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Eire, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Republic of Eire. We additionally proceed to seek the advice of with JNCC, the related Statutory Businesses or accountable our bodies, and NGO companions in regards to the implications for our volunteer surveys. 

It is important to know that the steering introduced right here represents the newest interpretation of the laws obtained by BTO from the related authorities departments. On your personal profit, by way of illness transmission  we urge volunteers to fastidiously assess the dangers posed by their fieldwork. Given the potential danger of the unfold of recent variants, tips might shortly change once more and there may be more likely to be better onus on people to be liable for minimising danger to themselves and others.

Our present place, as of 17 January 2022,  is as follows:

You could participate in surveys, supplied you comply with any present authorities restrictions and steering for England, Northern Eire, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey as acceptable, and our survey-specific steering beneath.

Survey work and coronavirus

No volunteer ought to undertake survey work if displaying signs of Covid-19. If volunteering is undertaken, volunteers ought to comply with all authorities steering of their geographic area, and acceptable well being and security procedures always. 

The well being of our volunteers is essential to us, as are {our relationships} with the landowners who so generously permit us onto their land. No volunteer ought to really feel below stress to hold out fieldwork if they don’t really feel snug doing so, or if they’re involved in regards to the impacts of finishing up survey work on relations with landowners or different members of the general public. Please be delicate to the sentiments of landowners and your impression on native communities right now and assist foster good relationships with native communities for the longer term. Thoughtless actions can be damaging for all of us. As with all fieldwork, please guarantee that you’ve acceptable landowner permission to go to.

Helpful hyperlinks

England: /



Northern Eire:

Republic of Eire:

Isle of Man:

Bailiwick of Jersey: being/Coronavirus/Pages/index.aspx

Bailiwick of Guernsey:

The BTO Crew

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