Car park closure plans (and first potential dates!) in the event of limited staff availability…

With the rise in covid-19 cases and the increasing likelihood either myself, Jim or Bob will be required to self-isolate at some point, we just wanted to let you all know of our plans for reserve opening should we have reduced capacity or, at worst case, be limited to only one member of staff being available to cover a seven day working, or opening, week…

The nature reserve is busiest towards the end of the week, with Monday and Tuesday generally being the quieter days. As a result, should we be limited in our staffing we will endeavour to remain open from Wednesday through to Sunday and will close the car park and porta-loos should we need to on a Monday and Tuesday.

Updates for days we plan to remain closed will be on chalkboards onsite, shared via the blog, added to our Blashford Lakes reserve page on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website and shared via social media.

If you would like to keep an eye on social media, the Trust’s twitter account can be found here @HantsIWWildlife

Alternatively you can also follow our personal social media accounts for reserve closure updates:

Bob’s twitter account @Bobservablelife  

Jim’s twitter account @JimDay22857614

My instagram account @littlewillowwarbler

We will do our best to keep you all updated and give as much notice of potential closures as we can. On that note, our first planned closure of the car park and porta-loos is on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th October. On these days the footpaths will remain open. 

If nearer the time we find we are able to open as usual we will let you all know via the blog and an update on the website.

On a more nature related note, I noticed this Bolete on the grass by the Education Centre yesterday. Boletes are upright mushrooms with a stem and sponge like pores under the cap instead of gills. They grow in soil rather than on wood. There are about eighty Bolete species in the UK – a handful need to be avoided due to toxicity but the majority are edible. 


Bolete sp., possibly the Birch bolete