VANDALISM, littering and threats to staff at the Testwood Lakes beauty spot in Totton prompted Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to shut the vehicle access gates.
A spokesperson said: “We have recently seen a significant increase in the number of visitors to the site, and unfortunately a high level of anti-social behaviour during the pandemic.
“With limited staff capacity we are barely managing to keep on top off the litter picking, vandalism and other on-site issues.
“These issues have sadly continued with the easing of lockdown to the point where staff have been verbally abused and subjected to threatening behaviour.
“At this point in time we feel unable to open the gates to vehicles and effectively manage the increased access on to the site.”
However, the spokesperson stressed that closure was a “temporary decision” and the trust hoped to reopen the gates in September.
She added: “We would like to thank the majority of our visitors who respect the
nature reserve, and apologise for the inconvenience of the lack of vehicle access to the site.”