The Adopt-a-patch program aims to engage property stewards in ecological restoration by removing invasive species from their "patch" annually to protect surrounding habitat. This will lead to planting of the cleared areas with native species once the invasive ones have been kicked out!
Individuals or groups of people, nature clubs, schools and other organizations can adopt one or more 10m x 10m patches within the forest.
Stewardship of your patch can include:
- Garlic mustard pulling in the spring and summer months;
- Other invasive species removal;
- Litter clean-up along trails;
- Tree and shrub planting;
- Observation and reporting of hazards.
Becoming a Patch Guardian
About Five Points Forest
Five Points Forest was donated to the Thames Talbot Land Trust in 2009 by Al and Lilianne Driedger, who wanted to protect the natural features of the land in perpetuity.
The 29-ha (73-acre) property lies on a gently rolling moraine just south of the south branch of the Thames River between Putnam and Ingersoll, adjacent to other woodland patches.
Five Points Forest consists of mixed coniferous-deciduous upland forest and forest swamp, including Provincially Significant Wetland.
Its low-lying areas were farmed until the 1940s and 1950s and then abandoned. These areas have reforested naturally but also include some older coniferous plantings including White Pine, Scotch Pine and Larch.
About Hawk Cliff Woods
Hawk Cliff Woods is a stunning 230 acre property fronting on Lake Erie near Port Stanley. Steep cliffs provide sweeping views of the lake. The woodland here is one of the most significant deep interior forests in Elgin County. In the maple-beech forest you will find Carolinian specialties, including the Tulip-tree and Pignut Hickory as well as the Endangered Butternut and American Chestnut. Rare birds such as Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Wood Thrush thrive in the deep woods.
Birders, nature lovers, and banders have been visiting this area for generations. As early as 1950 naturalists from London, Port Stanley, and St. Thomas organized public hawk-viewing weekends at Hawk Cliff, beginning a tradition of public education and awareness that continues to this day. Hawk Cliff has become internationally known as a “Hawkwatch” site and is world renowned as an observation point for over 20 birds of prey, a place for hawk banding and as a site to see migrating songbirds and Monarch butterflies.