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HCW Update

Since we acquired Hawk Cliff Woods in May this year, TTLT staff and volunteers have been hard at work on the property! Below are some of the things we have been working on and are planning for the coming months.

Restoration

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We have planted a mixture of meadow species in the former agricultural fields. As the plants grow up, this new meadow will provide habitat for Monarch Butterfly and other pollinators, as well as a range of meadow birds. Parts of the agricultural fields have also been seeded with Oak, Hickory, and Plum trees which will grow into a new forest area over time. This will not only increase the overall forest area at Hawk Cliff Woods, but will almost double the amount of interior forest that many birds rely upon.

A team from Kettle Creek Conservation Authority helped us to plant a white pine shelterbelt along part of the northern boundary of property, adjacent to neighbouring agricultural fields.

We’ve also been busy removing Garlic Mustard, Autumn Olive, Multiflora Rose, Common Barberry, and other invasive plants from the forest. 

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who have helped out with these restoration activities!

Coming Soon To a Trail Near You!

Hawk Cliff Woods Parking Lot

In order to accommodate a larger amount of visitors and better access Hawk Cliff Woods trails and events, we have decided to use a small plot of the property to create a parking lot. The project will begin in late August and is intended to create as little disturbance as possible to the surrounding nature and land.

If you have any questions about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Launchbury at 519-858-3442 or news@ttlt.ca

Meet our new Boardwalk

A big thank you to volunteer Jack Mayos for planning and leading the installation of our new boardwalk at Hawk Cliff Woods.

Wildflower Garden

Volunteer and Board member extroadinaire Kim McCabe is helping us design a community wildflower garden at Hawk Cliff Woods. Stay tuned for more info on this exciting project!

Upcoming Events

Remarkable Reptiles

Join us on Sunday August 21st for Remarkable Reptiles, featuring Sciensational Sssnakes!! Learn about Ontario's native snakes and turtles and how to help protect these amazing species. There will be some snakes at the event that you can see and hold! This free outdoor event is great for nature enthusiasts and families.

Hawk Cliff Weekends

Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) invites you to meet us at Hawk Cliff Woods in September.  We will be there along with volunteers from the St Thomas Field Naturalist Club, the Hawk Cliff Banders and Monarch Watch on September 10-11th and September 17-18th between10:00 am and 3:30 pm. Hawk banding and Monarch tagging demonstrations are scheduled for both weekends.  In addition, TTLT will be offering guided hikes in Hawk Cliff Woods. New this year is educational programming by Let’s Talk Science on September 11th and 18thand tree climbing on September 17th. Be sure to join us Sunday September 18th, at 12:30 pm for the dedication and official opening of Hawk Cliff Woods.

Adopt-a-patch

You can adopt your very own patch of the forest at Hawk Cliff Woods and help us get rid of garlic mustard. On October 29th we will be running an orientation event for those who have signed up to adopt patches. The event provides training and the opportunity to work at your patch.

Hawk Cliff Woods Clean-up

Help us clean up Hawk Cliff Woods on November 12th. This workday involves removal of large garbage items (e.g. tires) from the woods. Bring your muscles! We will provide lunch.

Thames Talbot Land Trust
http://www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/ 

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