Hawk Cliff Woods extends nearly 1 kilometer inland from the Lake Erie shoreline, east of Port Stanley in Central Elgin. Identified as critical habitat for the endangered Acadian Flycatcher, Hawk Cliff Woods is one of the largest remaining deep interior forests in Elgin County. The habitats here, including forested ravines, provide homes for many rare species, including several Species at Risk. The Lake Erie shoreline is a major migratory pathway for birds and Monarch butterflies (a species of special concern). Several species of birds that nest here can breed only in deep interior forest (patches more than 200 metres inward from the forest edge) and therefore require large tracts of woodland.
Hawk Cliff Woods is a strategic acquisition for Thames Talbot Land Trust based on a priority ranking of parcels in Elgin County created for the Elgin Greenway Conservation Action Plan. This property was rated a priority based on its size, shoreline location, ravine forest and presence of rare species.
Natural Features Highlights:
- 230 acres (93 hectares) of land in total
- Ravine and upland habitat of exceptional richness and diversity
- Hawk Cliff Creek and tributaries flowing through, forming a Provincially Significant Wetland complex
- Deep interior forest that is part of a provincially recognized Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI)
- Cliff face for nesting birds such as Bank Swallows
- Rare Carolinian Species such as Tuliptree and Pignut Hickory
- Species at Risk include: American Chestnut, Broad Beech Fern, Butternut, Acadian Flycatcher, Bank Swallow, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Louisiana Waterthrush, Monarch butterfly and Wood Thrush
We ask you to please donate generously to the Hawk Cliff Woods campaign. Your donation will support the purchase and stewardship of this incredible property.