Buckthorn Bust

Join us at Meadowlily Nature Preserve for a Buckthorn Bust! Please RSVP below to secure your spot.

What is a Buckthorn Bust you ask?

Buckthorn is a non-native invasive species that forms extensive thickets, out-competing native plants and altering soil chemistry. We need to bust them out of Meadowlily Nature Preserve!

The event will include pulling out young seedlings by hand and larger seedlings with weed wrenches. Help us create space for native species to flourish!


What you need to know about this event

  • This event is subject to COVID-19 guidelines at the time. Please ensure that you practice social distancing and masking. Passing the COVID-19 screening questionnaire and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be mandatory to attend the event.
  • There are no washroom facilities at Meadowlily Nature Preserve, so please plan accordingly.
  • Hand pulling Buckthorn requires you to bend or stoop and some level of physical strength to pull the plants out of the ground.
  • This event will take place off-trail in forest and meadow habitat where you may encounter ticks. Be sure to check for ticks before leaving the site and once you get home. More info on ticks is available here.
  • Fall is also seed season and seeds will stick to your clothing. Smooth materials such as rubber boots and rain jacket/pants will be much easier to keep seed free. Otherwise, be sure to wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.

What to bring

  • Please bring your own work gloves if you can, although TTLT will provide them if needed. TTLT will provide all other equipment.
  • Wear appropriate footwear such as hiking shoes/boots, rubber boots, or other sturdy, ideally waterproof shoes. You might encounter uneven and wet terrain.
  • Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, rain gear, warm clothing, bugspray, and anything else you need to be comfortable outside.

Photos by Reuven Martin (via iNaturalist)


October 23, 2021 at 10:00am - 1pm
Meadowlily Nature Preserve
17 Meadowlily Rd S
London, ON N6M 1C3
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Rebecca Launchbury · · 519-858-3442

Will you come?